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COME BACK! 



Come back — to remember how we were and see how 

we've grown. Classes of '48, '53, '58, '63 and '68 are 

invited to visit and celebrate together. Reminisce in 

Cabell Archives. Tour historic buildings on Franl<lin Street 

and preview the newest buildings on VCU's growing 

campus — the brand new Siegel Center athletics facility 

and the School of Engineering building. The Schools of Art and Business 

will host alumni luncheons, and the African American Alumni Council wi 

sponsor several events. Enjoy student dance and percussion 

performances and a master's thesis art exhibit. RPI alumni and AAAC 

members should watch for brochures mailed early in 1998. For 

information or registration, call (804) 828-2586. 

REUNION '98 APRIL 24-25, 1 




VCUAA CALENDAR 



5-9 

Alumni Extern Program 

20 

VCU Alumni Association 
Board of Directors Meeting 

24-31 

Rome Escape 



9-13 

Alumni Extern Program 



APRIL 

11 

Now We're Cookin' 
24-25 

REUNION '98 



Odyssey of the Mind 

12 

VCU Alumni Association 
Board of Directors Meeting 

16 

Commencement Breakfast 
VCU Commencement 




FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY 



"Most students do go to the internet and web first. The information 

there Is more current than in books. I still use the libran/'s DCAT on 

computer; I can put in a topic like serial killers and come up with a list of 

books. A friend who is a nursing major uses the databases a lot for 

journals." 

— Shaundra Crenshaw, sophomore major in criminal justice 

"I have learned so much about the functions of VCU's Libraries and the 

services they provide to everyone. 1 promise that we will do our part to 

support them, and I hope you'll do your part by just joining the 

Friends." 

— Bud Minor '62BS/B, president of VCU Friends of the Libran/ 

Are you a book friend? Inveterate netsurfer? VCU Friends of the Libran/ 
Is your chance to support VCU students and faculty by supporting VCU 
LIbranes. Friends' contributions help to improve collections, enhance 
services, increase endowments, and support lectures and projects. 
Friends do everything from funding staff development workshops to 
supplying plastic bags to protect books in rainy weather. Past president 
of Friends Joan Rexinger '86BGS/NTS and her husband Dan helped 
establish the Libraries' Endowment for the 21st Centun/. The Friends 
extend VCU Libraries' reach Into the Richmond community with a 
yeariy panel on topics like regionalism, public art, and, this fall, 
censorship on the internet. 

VCU Friends of the Libran/ receive free borrowing privileges, Invitations 
to Friends-sponsored events, and Library Online newsletter. Friends 
membership Is steadily increasing — 107 new members last year. 
Annual dues start at $25, with rising levels of support. Think big and 
become a life member for $1 ,000. Checks should be payable to the 
VCU Foundation. Mail to VCU Friends of the Libran/, P.O. Box 843042, 
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3042. For more information, call (804) 828- 
n 16 or email lscarter@saturn.vcu.edu. 



PROSPECTS '98 
CAREER FAIR 

February 11, 11am-3pm: 

Meet 65 companies 

interested in recruiting YOU! 

University Student Commons, 

907 Floyd Avenue. 




An elegant building. But whose? 
And how are we now? Hint: From 
the beginning, RPI was a more 
stable institution than it seemed. 



VCU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 

Alumni Associal ion Officers 

IWarsha Shuler 74BS '79M A/B 

President 

HughKeogh'81MS/MC 

Vice Presiilent 

James Rothrock '78MS/AH(RC) 
Secretary 

BethAyers'91MS/E 

Treasurer 

Kenneth Magill '65BS/B '69MS/E 

Past President 

lack Amos '68BFA 
Officer at Large 

Chairs of School Alumni Boards 

Conni St. lohn '89BS/H8<S '94MSW 

School of Social Work 

Beverly Glover '87BGS/NTS '92MS/H8tS 

Nontraditiotial Studies Program 

William Ginther '69BS '74MS/B 

School of Business 

Marie Tsuchiya '89PhD/E 

School of Education 

Board of Directors 

Term Expiring 2000 

Andrew Hulcher'84BS/B 

Mark D. Kemp '79BFA 

William S. Nelson '70BFA 

EdSlipek74BFA 

Bruce Twyman '74BS/MC 

Term Expiring '99 

Frederick Facka '92MS/B 

Elly Burden Gill'79BS'91MEd/E 

I.SouthallStone'71BS/B 

Linda Vines ■82MSW/SW 

Term Expiring '9S 

Kathleen Barrett '7IBS '73MS/B 

Stephanie Hoh'74BS/E 

Donald Dodson'64BS/B 

Richard Leathcrman 79BGS/NTS '82MEd '87PhD/E 

African American Altmmi Council 
Marilyn Campbell '81BS/MC 

VCt^-W President's Appointees 

lohn Cook 

Nicholas W. Orsi Iir65BS/B 

loan Rexinger '86BGS/NTS 




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what is more important — the managements (Jr the care? 
Alumni and faculty ciebatc this vital question. 

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From the White House to an educational simulation of the world, 
ahmmi design environments that affect people's lives. 

14 

FMTiiffii«CiiL\A 

Fast Track MBA students explore the Asian marketplace. 

20 

Hum SpiriiT 

For an alumna in Hong Kong 
adture shock leads to a broader imderstanding of the world 

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The season of 1984-85 was a gbr\' year for the VCU Rams. 

Under J.D. Bamett, the coaches heaime a remarkable team whose skills 

have taken them to the top ofarllege basketball 

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D E P A R T M E X T S 



PO BOX 843044 
CAMPUS CURRENTS 



A L U M N E T 



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CtH'tT: Inset top left, the White Hoitse West Wing Rec^tion Room, The White House 
Collection, courtesy of the White House Historical Assodation. Top ri^r, courtesy of 
Jerry Liw: Bottom inset. DuPont Air Quality Simulation Room at Mathematics and 
Science Center in Mechanics\iUe, VA, courtesy of Norbert Hanirn, Background photo^ 
courtesy of Victoria Schorner. 



VOL. 4, NO 1 
WINTER 1 993 



Staff 

Mary EDen Mercer 

editor 

Ben Comatzer 

arj director 

KdbySezy 
campus curraus 

Keasia Maddin 

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Shiver Court Cormations is 
a magazine for ahnnni and 
friends of the Academic Campos 
of \1ipnia ConuiKMiweahb 
Unh"erat>' in Ridimood. \'CU 
is a public urban universtfr widi 
an enrollment of 2 1 JOOO stpdoKs 
on the Academic and Medkal 
G^l^ of Mrginia Campuses. 
The magazine is published two 
or three times a >^ar by \'CU 
Ahmmi Activhies. 

G>ntact VCU Alumni Acavnies ar 
310 North Sbaier. 
P.0.BoxM3<m 
Ridunond, VA 232*4-5044. 
Email- Va.'-.M.L*M^TaLcdj. 
Phone {mi)\(X-Ml'}>i 

(828-2586) 
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Please find enclosed a example of my personal 
"Promotion Campaign." It is also a very convenient 
method of meeting fellow alumni way out here in 
Southwest Virginia. As I am a member of THE 
FIRST graduating class at VCU, I thought "VCU 1" 
was appropriate. 

Thank you very much for the information you 
provide. It is really nice to stay in touch with the 
many changes taking place. 

Jeny Semones '72 

I'm now Executive Creative Director at BozeU 
Thailand. I'd love to get in touch with those of you 
who still remember me — David Graves, Barbera 
Bono, Diane Latino, Cliton Chatbourne, Ernie 
Winters.. .etc., etc.... 

See Wee Chua '80BFA Communication Arts and 

Design 

c.v@boxl .a-net.net.th 

I was a teacher for 21 years in the old 
Communication Arts & Design Department, and 
would love to hear from former students, class- 
mates and colleagues I was acquainted with then. 

Arthur Oliver Biehl '50BFA 

emaU: http://www.RPorter@aol.com 

Shafer Court Corrections: 

We inadvertently demoted Dr. Leonard Reid 
73BS/B in an update in our last issue. The correct 
news is that he was promoted to associate dean for 
Research and Graduate Studies at the College of 
Journahsm and Mass Communication at the 
University of Georgia. He was formerly professor 
and head of the Department of Advertising and 
Public Relations at UGA. He has contributed exten- 
sively to advertising research and was the editor of 
the Journal of Advertising from 1988-91. 
Congratulations! 

In a caption in the last issue (page 31 ), we did not 
include Heather Comer's correct degrees. She 
graduated in the Master of Teaching Program, 
earning both '94BA/H&S and '96MT/E. 

Much to his surprise, Joe Cartledge '79BS/H&S 
found himself on a hst of deceased African 
American Alumni circulated this spring. Shafer 
Court Connections is happy to resurrect him. He is 
living in Marietta, GA. 



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BY DON GEHRING, VICE PRESIDENT FOR EXTERNAL RELATIONS 

*VCU joins Virginia's other state-supported colleges and universities to request higher salaries 
for faculty and increased financial aid during the 1998-2000 budget period. The schools want 
to ensure that average faculty salaries at each Virginia institution are equal to or greater than 
average salaries at 60 percent of their peer group colleges and universities around the country. 
The Virginia Business Higher Education Council, a partnership of business leaders and state 
college and university presidents, is higher education's partner in this effort. 

"Compensation for both faculty and staff must be a high priority for the 1998-2000 
biennium. The success of every institution is tied to the quality of its workforce," VCU President 
Eugene P. Trani wrote recently in a letter to state education Secretary Beverly H. Sgro. VCU is 
also seeking competitive pay raises for its classified employees. 

VBHEC warned in its recent Virginia First 2000 report that state higher education institu- 
tions would have trouble competing for the best talent without salary improvements, and that 
rising costs threaten many young Virginians' educational opportunities. 

The push for more financial aid would provide about $5 million in additional assistance 
for VCU students during both years of the budget period. This proposal is consistent with 
recommendations by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. 

VCU has several other legislative priorities this session. 

• VCU is asking for an additional $5.2 million in state general funds for its undergraduate 
medical education program (the courses for an M.D. degree) during each year of the budget 
period. If the amendment is approved, the state would fuUy support instructional costs for 
this program. Currently, faculty clinical practice and hospital revenues cover more than half 
of these costs. 

Dr. Hermes Kontos, vice president for health sciences and dean of the School of 
Medicine, explains that "because of changes in health care reimbursement and other 
challenges, clinical earnings fi-om faculty practices are diminishing. The money we are 
requesting from the state would in part buffer the expected shortfall." 

' VCU seeks funding for $4 million in technological and other equipment during each year 
of the budget period. This will provide additional state-of-the-art computer equipment for 
our students. 

• VCU is asking for more than $13 million to renovate Sanger Hall. The building houses 

the academic and administrative oflrces of the School of Medicine, laboratories, classrooms 
and lecture halls. Built in 1963 and expanded twice, Sanger has not had major renovations 
in 30 years. Funding would cover upgrades in building systems, exterior repairs and interior 
renovations. 

• The University is asking for more than $28 million for a new Sciences Building at the 
corner of West Gary and North Linden Streets. The facility would replace the Life Sciences 
Building, buih in 1965, home of the Department of Biology and related activities. The 
building has deteriorated, and its design does not support modern technologies. The state 
has already appropriated $1.5 miUion for planning, which is under way. 

• VCU seeks $546,000 to support a sixth VCU family practice residency program in Warren 
County in northwestern Virginia. 

• Finally, the University is requesting minor modifications of the act that created the MCV 
Hospitals Authority. 

The 1998 General Assembly session convenes January 14. Legislators will rexnew and amend 
the 1998-2000 budget, submitted by Governor George Allen as one of his last acts in office. The 
legislature will adopt this budget before adjourning in March. 

During the General Assembly session, information about legislative matters that affect VCU 
can be found at http://www.vcu.edu/exrel/govt.htm 



SHAFER COURT CONNECTIONS 




ENGINEERING A SCHOOL 

VCU's brand new School of Engineering is attracting quality students. 
Retention oftite first class is 75 percent, above the national average of 70 
percent. This fail 130 students more entered engineering, from 369 who 
applied. Average SAT is 1219, average GPA 3.50 — both up from last year. 
Students will be having classes in the engineering building in Fall 1998; and 
the Virginia Microelectronics Center will open in early 1999. 

And those buildings are on schedule because of strong support. By the 
end of October, the School had raised more than $25.2 million toward the 
$28.6 million goal for start-up expenses. 

The School's newest degree is biomedical engineering. "With its mix of 
academic resources and faculty talents, VCU is perfectly poised to deliver an 
undergraduate program that is unparalleled," says Dr. Gerald Miller, 
department chair — and former chair of the nation's largest programs in the 
field at Texas ASjM University. VCU will be one of only 30 schools to offer 
this degree at the undergraduate level. 

Dr. Robert Heinz joined the School as associate dean of industrial rela- 
tions and professor of mechanical engineering this semester. Heinz, 
formerly of Viasystems Technologies Corp., headed planning and construc- 
tion of facilities in Spain and China. He will teach mechanical and electrical 
engineering and some courses in the School of Business. Heinz will stress 
the interconnections between engineering and business. "I will strive to 
ensure that each graduate has not only the technical but also the manufac- 
turing, business and interpersonal skills to bring innovative leadership to a 
fast-paced world," said Heinz. 

Sk sophomores from several engineering disciplines are already making 
those connections. They interned this summer at the Virginia Biotech- 
nology Research Park, working on a project with Hemodyne Inc., a 
company founded by Dr. Marcus Carr jr., associate professor of internal 
medicine. Carr designed the Hemodyne hemostatis analyzer, an instrument 
that measures how platelets work and calculates the flexibility of blood 
clots. Carr wants students to see the process of "taking a concept from the 
lab, evaluating it for commercial potential and moving to prototype, patent 
and commercial product." Carr expects FDA approval in the next six 
months. 

Two other engineering faculty appointments have been made. Dr. 
Wayne Erickson, formerly a chief scientist at NASA, is clinical professor of 
chemical engineering. Dr. Randy Sweeney, formerly a senior research 
engineer at Philip Morris Inc., was appointed adjunct professor of electrical 
engineering. 

Henrico County is supporting the School and engineering students by 
offering scholarships to seven count)' students a year — one from each of 
Henrico's seven high schools. "We have witnessed the extraordinar\' oppor- 
tunities that VCU's School of Engineering has provided for our region, and 
we believe this commitment is an unbeatable investment in the future of 
many top Henrico Count)' graduates," said Henrico Count)- Manager, 
Virgil Hazelett. 

Henrico's Knight Memorial Scholarship will initially run until 2001, 
and possibly continue. This is not the first investment Henrico has made in 
the School of Engineering. In 1995, government leaders pledged $500,000 
to the School's start-up costs. 




EXCELLENCE 

At ( .(invocation on Stptcmbcr 4, Virginia QimmonHrealth UniverMt;. 
bratcd its faculty. All four of those honored this year ttrcsicd that they wcrs 
merely representatives of their excellent, dedicated colleague's. 

Dr. M. Pinson Ncal Jr., emeritus profesv>r of 
ra<liology in the School of Medicine, received the 
Distinguished Service Award. His 30-ycar career at 
V(;U is studded with administrative appoinimenLs 
at every level, from campus departments to 
national professional organizations. About service 
in the academic health center, he says, "Our dfjors 
open when patients knock on them, not when it's 
convenient for us. This is VCU's strength." 

Douglas ). Richards, associate professor of 
music in the School of the Arts, received the 
Distinguished Teaching Award. Since 1979, he has 
developed jazz at VCU into a program with a 
national reputation. With three CDs out and 
another coming this fall, the student )azz 
Orchestra I consistently carries off top prizes at 
national festivals; its alumni play with artists like 
Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea and the Count 
Basic Orchestra. "What means the most to me" is 
to watch a less than super talent who is inspired to 
"put forth a trememdous effort and develop in an 
extarordinary way." 

Dr. F. Ellen Netting, professor in the School of 
Social Work, received the Distinguished Scholar 
Award. Collaborating with colleagues in multiple 
disciplines, gerontologist Netting is principle 
investigator on two Hartford Foundation grants 
studying the diverse roles and identities of case 
managers working with frail elders. On a U.S. 
Health Administration grant, she is part of a team 
developing a national database of information 
from ombudsmen for the elderly. "! was interested 
in helping old people and in a larger understand- 
ing ot the societal forces that shape their lives," she 
says. 

Dr. Harold F. Young, professor and eminent 
scholar of neurosurger)' in the School of Medicine, 
received the University Award of Excellence. In 25 
years at VCU, 1 1 as chair of neurosurger)'. Young 
has put together one of the leading head-trauma 
programs in the countn.' which has generated S3.7 
million in research funding from the National 
Institutes of Health. He has attracted S4 million in 
endowments and gifts for clinical research — many 
from grateful families. Young credits his staft'and 
colleagues. "We do excellent science here and 
superb clinical education. We take exemplar)' care 
ofpatients." 



President to President. 

Former President George Bush 
came to Richmond in April to speak 
to the Virginia Technology Summit. 
While in town, he greeted Virginia 
officials, including VCU's President 
Eugene Trani. who was recently 
elected chair of Richmond's 
Chamber of Commerce. 




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MASS COMM-THE BUZZ 

That pervasive low hum on campus is the School of Mass Communications, 
revving for take-off. Under Director Joyce Dodd, the School is teeming 
with plans, projects and events. 

Time Warner has made major commitments to student development. 
The first Time Inc. Distinguished Lecturer, Jose Ferrer III, executive editor 
for Time Inc., held writing workshops and spoke to journalism students 
in September. Time Inc. has pledged $750,000 for the lecture series and 
internships. 

Time Inc. is offering two more internships at Fortune magazine beyond 
their original commitment. Jeffrey Birnbaum, Washington bureau chief, 
and Rosalind Berlin, chief of reporters, will mentor journalism interns. 
Dodd enthuses, "I believe these top-notch professionals will give our 
students wonderful and much needed experience." 

Part of Time Inc.'s contributions will go toward the 21st Century 
News Center. The "newsroom of the future" will be an collaborative news 
environment with open meeting rooms and high-tech equipment. June 
Nicholson is acting director of the School whUe Director Joyce Dodd takes 
a year off to jump-start fundraising, and the School's advisory board was 
expanded to raJIy additional support. Kerry Northrup, inventor of 
NewsBraid; William Ahearn, vice president of the Associated Press' Jefi^rey 
Birnbaum, political correspondent for Time; and Spencer Christian, 
weather forecaster for ABC's "Good Morning America" have joined the 
board. Northrup comments, "the worry that print is dead is now evolving 
into the awareness that what is dead or dying is the print-only news 

organization the newspaper industry is starting to realize that its future 

will be based on multiple media." The 21st Century News Center would 
be teaching modern mass communications, and not only to students. The 
Associated Press is interested in using the center to retrain staff in new 
technology. 

Media General, Inc., whose holdings include the Richmond Times- 
Dispatch, has pledged $500,000 to the center. The company's chair, CEO 
and president, J. Stewart Bryan III, said the center would offer "journalism 
education in tomorrow's arena." Media General, Inc. has also announced 
a $25,000 Robert Beverly Orndorff Endowment Fund for scholarships 
for juniors, seniors or graduate students in print journalism with a demon- 
strated interest in medicine and science reporting. Contributions can be 
made to VCU Foundation, Orndorff Endowment , P.O. Box 842026, 
Richmond, VA 23284-2026. 




McComntons. McDonald's and local grocer, Ukrops, came to both campuses 
last summer and fall. "We think the combined services of the world's most 
popular restaurant and Richmond's favorite grocery store will respond to the 
needs of the VCU community," said President Trani. 

"We're flattered to be included with McDonald's in this project, " said Scott 
Ukrop, vice president of marketing, noting that running a restaurant is a new 
role for the company. 



CAMPUS ON WATCH 

VCU's Police Department recently 
received the Neighborhood Watch 
Award for universities from the 
Virginia Crime Prevention 
Association. "We have worked dili- 
gently to help the campus commu- 
nities understand how they can 
help prevent crime, so we are 
honored to accept this award," said 
VCU PoHce Chief Dan Dean. 

Last year, VCU Police respond- 
ed to more than 89,000 calls from 
the two campuses — the majority for 
services other than crimes like 
assault or robbery. Requests for 
escort service accounted for 38,400 
calls. Other services included help 
with stalled cars, transporting sick 
students, alarm codes, and calls for 
the medivac helicopter. The Crime 
Prevention Unit led 1,220 crime- 
prevention activities directly serving 
more than 9,185 university and 
local community members. Crime- 
prevention education includes the 
Campus Watch guidebook and 
newsletter, numerous workshops 
and a website: www.vcu.edu/police. 

HOSPICE CARE 

MCV Hospitals at VCU recently 
received a grant to establish a 
hospice unit in partnership with 
Richmond-based, non-profit 
Thomas Hospice. Contributions 
toward this unit include $280,000 
from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund 
and $150,000 from Thomas 
Hospice. Oncologist Dr. Tom 
Smith will direct the new unit 
at MCVH. 

A key goal of the hospice is to 
provide compassionate, competent 
medical care to people suffering 
from terminal diseases — regardless 
of their ability to pay. "Our hospital 
needs a unit where patients can be 
together with their families while 
they get full relief of their 
symptoms," says Smith. Barbara 
Hughes, a director of Thomas 
Hospice, commented, "We're very 
excited about working with MCV 
Hospitals to provide cutting-edge 
palliative care, while still fulfilling 
the spiritual and physical needs 
of hospice patients." The unit will 
be staffed by oncologists, clinical 
nurse specialists and support staff. 
Services wdll be provided at home 
or at the hospice. 

"It is also relatively clear that 
hospice care saves money for 
society by reducing hospitalization 
costs and intensive end-of-life 
care which may not save lives," 
adds Smith. 




"I just hope they continue to 
improve themselves. Especially the 
children." 

Civil Rights champion Rosa Parks 
visited MCV Hospitals July 30 to 
comfort victims of an accident on I- 
95. Children from around the countn/ 
were on a tour of the Underground 
Railroad sponsored by the Rosa and 
Raymond Parks Institute of Self 
Development in Detroit. 

PHOTO REPRINTED FROM 
RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH 
WITH PERMISSION. 




Jazz genius of Mingus and Monk 
jumped into three dimensions 
in Hard Sock Dance, a faculty 
collaboration by jazz musician 
Doug Richards and choreographer 
Melanie Richards October 24-25 

PHOTO BY BRUCE BERRYHILL 

"As a result of the recent publicity 
on Protease Inhibitors, people are 
thinking that AIDS is no longer a 
problem. They need to know that 
there are consequences if you act 
irresponsibly." 

Greg Louganis, Olympic gold medal 
diver, at a benefit dinner for VCU's 
HIV/AIDS Center in November 



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SHAFER COURT CONNECTIONS 





"In 1986, 1 made a 
mental smtch to 
thinking of myself as a flill- 
time artist, not just fitting it 
into spare time after day jobs. 
Even one drawing every day 
would keep the connection 
going." 

New York painter Katherine 
Bowling '78BFA, whose work 
is in collections of the 
Metropolitan Museum and 
others, spent three days with 
VCU art students in workshops 
and a lecture in September. 
"March" is oil on spackle on 
wood. 

PHOTO COURTESY JOSEPH 
HELMAN GALLERY. NEW VORK 




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"Sports Illustrated did not turn a profit 
for 10 years, hut Henry l.ucc had 
enough money to support what he 
believed in. Now .STs 'rating.s' — by 
numbers of readers — beat 'Seinfeld' and 
Monday Night loolball." 

Jose Ferrer III, Senior Editor at Time, 
Iric , Tirne \Nair\e< Distinguished Lecturer 
Series School of Mass Communications 
in October 

"jazz has absorbed many diverse 
elements, but it has developed its own 
concepts and traditions by fasing those 
elements ... It is truly America's 
classical music." 

Billy Taylor (far left, legendary jazz pianist and arts 
commentator. New Perspectives on the Arts Lecture 

April i 



"When you find a really tough, relevant research 
problem, you can devote a lifetime to it and still be 
earning new and significant information." 

Dr. Salih Wakil, who in 50 years of study, has estab- 

ished many of the landmarks of fatty acid synthesis, 
ncluding the nature of the complex, multifunctional 
synthase enzyme. Distinguished Service Professor 
and L.T. Bolin Professor and Chair of Biochemistr/ 
at Baylor College, he has won international 
recognition. Innovators in Biochemistry Lecture 
in April. 



"We consider people to be a very important asset. 
You cannot achieve without people, ideas and 
money — but the most important asset is human 
capital." 

Albert Hoser, president and CEO of Siemens 
Corp., speaking on quality leadership. Dean's 
Seminar Series, School of Business November 25 




TO TAX OR NOT TO TAX? 

". . . my opponent's ta-\ cut plan .... projected a groMh 
in the Virginia economy we have ne\'er seen." 

Democrat Donald Beyer [lefO 

"Watch out when a politician tells you this is a low tax 
state, because the;- are getting ready to raise your taxes." 

Republican James Gilmore [righti 

Virginia's two gubernatorial candidates debated at VCU on 
statewide television, October 6. Moderator and former 
Governor Douglas Wilder commented. "More Virginians 
heard this debate than any debate ... in Virginia's 
history." Who won? Republican Gilniore's focus on abol- 
ishing the car tax won him the governorship. 



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RISING FRESHMEN 

Undergraduate enrollment u riting. 
'ITierc were 281 more fr«hmcn on 
campus in Fall 1997 than the year 
before, a 1 5 pcra-nt increase. In 
fact, at 2.2f)9, the Cla« of TfM a 
the lartest ever. Again this tprin^ 
Alumni Msociation board 
members made personal calls to the 
top student applicants urging trherr. 
to come to VCU. More of them did 
and they are of high quality. Total 
on camptu enrollment is 20378, up 
499 from last year. 

DORM DUO 

More iiudcnl housing will fill a gap 
in the new VCU lineup on the 
north side of Broad Street between 
the Siegel Center at Harrison Street 
and the Fine Arts Center to the east. 

The building's financing will 
also be new — another of the 
multiple partnerships supporting 
growth. VCU is looking for a 
private de\'eloper to build the dorm 
rather than using capital project 
funds for the SI2 to SI5 miUion 
building. The planned apartment- 
st>le housing for 300 to 400 
students would open to students no 
later than 2001. 

TEACHING COUNTS 

Dr. Cliff Edwards, professor of reli- 
gious studies, and Dr. Russell 
Blinder, professor of radioIog>', are 
V'CU's first Teaching Fellows. They 
will develop and implement activi- 
ties that enhance teaching in their 
departments and schools and across 
the universit)'. The program is set 
up to recognize the diversity of 
teachers' roles and experience at 
\"CU. Fellows are chosen from 
factilt\', student and alumni nomi- 



MANAGING CARE 

.\ \'CU study reported in 
the Journal of the Ameri- 
can Medical Association 
Iuly9, 1997, found that 
HMOs are more likely to 
discharge stroke patients 
to nursing homes than to rehabili- 
tation taciUties, when compared to 
fee-for-senice practices. Studv 
director Dr. Sheldon Retchin 
liihnv), chair of geriatric medicine 
and president of MC\' .Associated 
Ph\-sicians of \'CU, was intenieised 
on National Public Radio and ''CES 
This Morning," and the study was 
also featured on CNN and in many 
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As former communist countries move toward a free politics and 
a free marl<et, two VCU faculty trekked to Russia for a firsthand 
view of the transition in two areas — libraries and health care. 

Barbara Ford, director of VCU Libraries, is also president of 
the American Library Association this year. With American and 
European colleagues, she spent a week in May at the National 
Library of Russia discussing ways to help with the needs of 
"The Readers of St. Petersburg." They were guests of Dr. 
Vladimir Zaitsev, president of the Russian Library Association 
and his colleagues. 

Since Russian libraries have opened up, "readers — at all 
levels — are using them very heavily," Ford reports. The National 
Library has over 32 million items, serves over L5 million 
readers, and supplies over 1 1 million publications to readers 
each year. But access is a major problem. In 1989, libraries were 
left with a system where "everything is very heavily mediated," 
and not only to keep people from information. A large staff was 
cheaper than technology. So now, "there is very poor infrastruc- 
ture — inadequate wiring, no fiber-optic cable." There might be a 
computer on the director's desk, but also "the biggest flashlight 
you ever saw, for the next time the power goes out." There is 
little air conditioning or humidity control to care for over 70,000 
rare books. The only pubhc Internet access in St. Petersburg is 
through USIA. 

Nor is there money. Libraries must balance the claims of books and their wonderful historic collections against 
the costs of technology. "Government support is no longer there," Ford says, "and librarians worry that the 'new 
rich' entrepreneurs are not going to care much about libraries." These concerns sound familiar to U.S. libraries and 
readers. "I see the same problems all over the world — technology versus books, funding, a falling off of public 
support," Ford says. "But in these emerging nations you have a very fragile new system that's tremendously vulner- 
able." 

Dr. Judy Twigg, assistant professor of political science and public administration, spent May researching inno- 
vations in Russian health care financing, on a grant from the National Council for Eurasian and East European 
Research. 

In 1 993, Russia introduced a new system of medical insurance. However, Twigg reports that the system is 
"woefully underfunded" because few businesses or local governments are making foil premium payments. Twigg 
found that many health care providers treat patients free of charge and take money from their own pockets to buy 
equipment and even build facilities. This can be tough when the average physician's salary is about $50 a month. 
Twigg was most impressed by "the dedication and determination with which Russian physicians, nurses and other 
health care professionals are weathering the crisis." 

She concluded that while reform has lost the benefits of Soviet-style medicine, like free medical care and univer- 
sal access, it has yet to see the efficiencies of the free market system. Russia still relies greatly on expensive hospital 
care rather than cost-effective out-patient care. Most physicians are specialists, leaving few general practitioners. 
Some young physicians are opening small, efficient private practice clinics, in spite of substantial bureaucratic 
hurdles. "Until the right blend of state and market are found, Russian's ills are unlikely to be healed," Twigg says. 
















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Biotech Bold. Robert Skunda, 
previously Governor George Allen's 
secretary of commerce and trade, 
is the new director of the Virginia 
Biotechnology Research Park. The 
Park's Board is betting on his track 
record as a strategist, catalyst and 
salesman. Skunda plans to use his 
experience in government and 
business to bring life-science 
research companies to Virginia. 

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ON HOLD 

Plans for a new major in VCU's 
26-year-old African American 
Studies Program are on hold. In 
November, the State Council of 
Higher Education (SCHEV) voted 
not to approve it, with some 
members suggesting that it was 
unnecessary and would amount to 
academic "Balkanization." A 
SCHEV subcommittee had voted in 
favor of the new major earlier. 
Program Director Dr. Ann 
Creighton-Zollar comments, "As 
long as a sufficient number of 
students are asking for a major in 
AAS, the faculty will work to 
achieve that goal." VCU faculty 
expect about 60 majors a year. 
Both University of Virginia and 
the College of William & Mary 
have majors in AAS, as do most 
of VCU's peer schools — designated 
by SCHEV for their comparable 
attributes — around the country. 
Sophomore Alicia Murphy added, 
"I think it's embarrassing to be an 
inner city school that claims to be 
multicukural everything and have 
to fight to get a major that would 
ultimately make us a more diverse 
school." 

UNIVERSITY OUTREACH 

To serve the university comunity 
better, VCU has merged the 
departments of Community 
Programs, International Programs 
and Enrollment Services. Enroll- 
ment Services includes financial 
aid, records/registration and 
student accounting. The new 
division is University Outreach, 
under the direction of Vice Provost 
Sue Ann Messmer. 

ON BOARD 

Richmond attorney Jay Weinberg 
is the new rector of the Board of 
Visitors. Weinberg, vice rector, 
succeeded Stuart Siegel. "He truly 
is a visionary who has helped 
redefine what this university is 
becoming and the strong role it is 
playing in Virginia's fature," said 
President Trani. 

Governor George Allen 
appointed two new members to 
VCU's Board of Visitors: WTVR- 
TV/CBS anchor Angela Miles 
King and Yvonne Benner, founder, 
editor and publisher of Richmond's 
Spanish-language newspaper. 
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FINE ARTS BUILDING 

VCU broke ground in October for its $15.7 million Tine Arts (Center in the 
1000 block of West Broad Street, between Harrison and Goshen Streets. 
The 114,000-square-foot facility will house the Departments of Sculpture, 
Crafts, and Painting and Printmaking. Special features will include wood 
shops, kilns, a foundry and a welding shop, as well as studios. Students and 
faculty will move in by the fall of 1999. 

"This building will be one of the country's outstanding studio art facili- 
ties," said Dr. Richard Toscan, dean of the School of the Arts. "It is going to 
have a real impact on our goal to become one of the top five art and design 
schools in the United States." 

LET'S DO IT! 

"I really feel now, as we're getting closer to the next century, that art 
galleries in major universities are going to be the most important venues in 
developing and understanding contemporary art," says Ted Potter, new 
director for the Anderson Gallery. He is a working artist and painter himself 
and exhibits in galleries in Washington, Atlanta, New Orleans and North 
Carolina. He's a former director of the Contemporary Art Center in New 
Orleans. 

Potter plans to expand gallery space and form collaborations with other 
universities and galleries. "With contemporary art, you never know what's 
going to walk in the door. I love that. I love the luxury of letting that 
happen and us saying 'Let's do it.'" 

TRANSPORTED 

VCU's two campuses produce more daily traffic than any other institution 
in the downtown Richmond area, with 90 percent of all students commut- 
ing daily — as well as faculty and hospital staff. VCU teamed up last year 
with the City of Richmond and the Greater Richmond Transit Company to 
sponsor a fare-free program for students from both campuses who display 
their VCU One Card. During October alone, VCU students got on the bus 
29,847 times. 

Parking has always been a challenge on campus. By faU 1998, 1,100 
drivers will have another option — the West Broad Street Deck, between 
Harrison and Shafer Streets. The building will also house the Academic 
Campus Bookstore, the VCU Welcome Center and offices for VCU 
Business Services. 

Since December, VCU has been working with VDOT to monitor 
construction on 1-95 near campus that could make you late for class. "We 
are committed to keeping the university community up-to-date on this 
project," said Don Gehring, VCU's vice president for external relations. 
To keep up with traffic, check http://www.vcu.edu/e.xrel/I95.htm. 

RAM KICKERS 

The Men's Soccer Team won VCU's first CAA Championship on Simday 
November 16 in a great match with American University. With a 2-2 tie at 
the end of the regulation 90 minutes, the game went to four 15-minute 
overtimes with no score. VCU won the game in penalt)' kicks, 9-S. 

In VCU's first NCAA tournament in soccer — and the first NCi\.A 
soccer hosted in Richmond — VCU met Georgetown at the University of 
Richmond Soccer Complex November 23. In their first appearance, VCU 
lost 2-1. Coach Tim O'Sullivan's R,\MS will be back. 



A TEACHING DEAN 

I caclniig i> ol fundamental importance" 
to the new dean of the Ojllcge of 
Humanities and Sciences. In fact, he plans 
to teach himself. Dr. Stephen Gottfrcdvjn, 
a psychologist who spcciali7.es in criminal 
justice and public administration, now 
leads VCU's largest academic unit, with 
nearly 7,450 graduate and undergraduaii. 
students enrolled in 1 3 departments and 
the School of Mass Communications. He 
came to VCU from Indiana University, 
where he was professor and associate dean 
for academic affairs in the School of 
Public and Environmental Affairs. "While 
all components of faculty work — research 
and creative activity, the use of our profes- 
sional skills in service to the public, and teaching — are to be valued highly 
and encouraged strongly," teaching is essential, Gottfredson says. 

"The ideal teacher brings to the classroom a synergy between all compo- 
nents of professional life — allowing students the excitement of working on 
the frontiers of knowledge" and then applying that knowledge to the 
problems of our society. His own research is widely published and grant- 
supported, and he has held many civic appointments. 





HISTORIC MOMENT 

luh 1 , 1 997 marked a shift away fi-om state control for MC\' Hospitals of 
VCU. The hospital will be guided by \'CU's Board of \'isitors and the 16- 
member board of the MC\' Hospitals Authority. Clarence To\%-nes Jr. of the 
BOV, new VCU rector lay \Veinberg, Terone Green of the MO'HA board. 
Dr. Lindley Smith of both boards, and Delegate Frank Hall of the NICMtA 
board are very pleased as President Trani shakes on it with Stuart Siegel, 
then rector. 

Three years in the making, the MCX'H Authority will be able to reaa to 
opportunities — free from regulator.- bottlenecks. Trani noted that it took 
eight years to build the .\mbulator.' Care Surgery Center on the MC\" 
campus, a protect that could have been completed at a pri\"ate hospital in 
two years. Even though no state money was used, state appro\"al tookse>"en 
years. "Now we will have the capaciU' to build new facilities, to remodel 
fecUities, to do them quickl\- and efficiently — and that will make us more 
effective." 

This move should help MC\' compete in a volatile medical marketplace. 
It will also facilitate alUances like the one MC\H made with Bon Secouis 
nonprofit hospitals in lanuan-. There are also plans to partner with physi- 
cians' groups unaffiliated with insurance HMOs or hospital net^vo^ks. The 
physicians \vould pro\ide referrals to MC\' Associated Physicians of VCU. 
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Rejena Carreras '70BFA '80MFA thinks of her two VCU degrees in art education as a gift. "From the time I started 
earning a paycheclc, I was anxious to start giving back. If I had a nickel, I was always willing to share at least one cent 
of it with VCU." As a vice chair of the Campaign Leadership Council and alumni representative for VCU's School 
of the Arts, Carreras also shares her time and energy. She enjoys serving on many arts boards in central Virginia as 
well, another reason she's grateful to her VCU art education. 



PARTNERS MAKE PROGRESS 

In fiscal year 1996-97, the Partners for Progress 
Campaign raised $24.9 million, compared to 
$19.2 million the year before. By October 31, 
the campaign total was $1 12.3 mdlion toward a 
goal of$125 million by June 30, 1999. 
More alumni are supporting their 
University. In 1995-96, 7,721 contributed. In 
1996-97, the number of alumni donors was 
10,776 — or 14 percent of our graduates. This 
year we hope to do even better, so join your 
classmates. Make checks payable to VCU 
Foundation and designate a specific school or 
program if you wish. Mail to Annual Fund, P.O. 
Box 843042; Richmond, VA 23284-3042. 



Carreras remembers the School of the Arts of her undergraduate days as smaller, but "a warm, 
caring, close-knit community." The school has grown, and she says that more art 
foundation courses make its programs even better. She was thrilled to see U.S. News i 
World Report rank the graduate program in Sculpture fifth and the overall Master's in 
Fine Arts 19th in the country — but felt that was only just. With the "visionary" energy 
of new dean, Richard Toscan, she sees the school leaping forward even more. 

Every year she taught art, Carreras had a student intern from a different university 
under her wing. "It became clear to me," she says, "that the VCU students had 
superior knowledge." So, Carreras returned to VCU for her master's degree. 

She has working relationships with VCU graduates of all ages. As graphic designer 
and co-owner of Carreras Jewelers, she gives freelance design work to alumni. For the 
Virginia Museum's gala Faberge Ball, she wore a gown by Felix Van Driem '82BFA 
(who apprenticed in the Pierre Balmain haute couture atelier). It took him 
hundreds of hours to construct the dress, sewing beaded reproductions of Faberge 
eggs into the skirt in trapunto embroidery. Carreras has donated the dress to 
Richmond's Valentine Museum, where the display will also include Van 
Driem's design sketches. 
Living in the Fan makes it easy for Carreras and her husband. Bill, to walk to 

Anderson Gallery openings and see VCU student productions in drama and art. Her 

son, Brett, has been an art patron "since he was in a stroller." 

Why is Carreras stUl so connected and active with her school? "I am amazed at 

the creativity of others. 1 applaud it. If we become too high tech, we lose our soul. 

The arts keep us human. These kids coming through VCU are our future. It's 

up to them to keep the arts alive and important to our society. We need to 

assist in that any way we can." i 



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"LADY JANE" 

Jane Bell Gladding died AprU 25, 1997. Gladding was dean 
emerita and retired dean of students at RPI and VCU. She 
began her career as a chemistry instructor, took over as 
dean of women when Dean Margaret Johnson's health 
failed, and later became dean of students. Gladding 
Residence Hall is her memorial on the west campus, and 
Dean Gladding lives on in the hearts of hundreds of alumni 
she advised from 1959 to 1979. 
It was a period of great growth for RPI and VCU — as it is now. "It 
seemed like we were constantly buying a new building for students to live 
in," she told VCU Magazine in Summer 1989. Gladding made sure that 
students' personal growth kept pace with the buUdings. "It's common 
sense, really," she said. "You got to listen to people at formative levels. You 
had to listen to know which faculty to send them to. Some of them just 
wanted to come in and talk." 

Chemistry chair Dr. Gerry Bass knew her well. "She was a marvelous 
person; very bright and very intelligent, with a great sense of humor. Tom 
HoUoway '56BFA (chair and professor emeritus of theatre) coined her 
nickname, 'Lady Jane.' She was always polite, but very tough, firm when 
she had to be." Students held Gladding in high regard. Bass remembers a 
student complaining furiously in the '70s that " 'the administration won't 
tell us the truth.' Then he said, ' — all except Miss Gladding. She's a lady.' 
She was very perceptive," Bass continues. "She could see what people 
were really saying. She knew how to separate the truth from the trash. 

"She was a true gentlewoman. She did everything with aplomb 
and grace." 




"ULTIMATE VCU CITIZEN" 

Ralph Ware Jr. '42BS/P was 75 when he died April 2, 1997, 
at home in Richmond. VCU President Dr. Eugene Trani 
described Ware as the "ultimate VCU citizen." 

Early in his career at MCV, Ware taught pharmacy 
administration and ethics, part-time. In the '60s, he became 
the first development director for MCV and for VCU. He 
developed short- and long-term gift programs and estab- 
lished a legislative relations program with the General 
Assembly and other government agencies. He was assistant to the president 
for legislative relations from 1981 until he retired in 1986. 

But that didn't stop Ware's work for VCU. "Even after official retire- 
ment and with his eyesight failing, he was never shy about hitching rides to 
do the work of the university," said Edwin Slipek Jr. 74BFA. 

Ware was executive secretary of the Board of Pharmacy of Virginia 
from 1952-63, and president of the National Boards of Pharmacy in 1963. 
The Virginia Pharmaceutical Association named him Pharmacist of the 
Year in 1958. In 1988, legally blind. Ware was appointed to the Virginia 
State Board for the Visually Handicapped. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the MCV Foundation, Box 
980234, Richmond, VA 23298. 

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IN THE LEAD 

Acting Dciin Dr. (I'cil Drain is now dean of ihc School of Allied Health 
Professions. Drain came to KiclimontI in iyy3 from a 27-year military 
career which included research and teaching in nurse anesthesia and health 
administration, as chair of nurse anesthesia at V(;U. "As we witness drastic 
changes in health care, we must develop integrated programs that prepare 
the next generation of graduates," he said. 

After 13 years as dean of the School of Dentistry, Dr. 
l.indsey Hunt {left) will step down September, 1998. Under his 
charge, the School was recognized in the U.S. News & World 
Report rankings as one of the top 15 dental schools in the 
country. Hunt steps right up to a new challenge as president of 
the American Association of Dental Schools. 

Under Dean Hunt, the School redesigned students' fourth- 
year clinical experience to model a general practice environ- 
ment. The change redefined roles and responsibilities for faculty 
and staffand improved patient relations by streamlining scheduling and 
setting up a patient care advocate. 

Hunt also established two new graduate programs — a two-year 
hospital-based General Practice Residency at VCU's MCV Hospitals, and 
Advanced Education in General Dentistry, a one-year, school-based resi- 
dency. The School has also renovated six clinics, developed a central steril- 
ization system, and added information programs and a 30-computer lab. 
Dr. Joseph Ornato (above right), professor of internal and emergency 
medicine, is the new chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at 
MCVH — the largest emergency department in Virginia. "With his national- 
ly recognized expeilise and years of experience in emergency medicine, he 



"BIG" 

BY MICHAEL PAUL WILLIAMS 

lames Albert "Big" Bradford, professor of painting in the 
School of the Arts, died of heart failure July 10, 1997. He 
was 55. 

Bradford was a prolific painter whose works are in 
major collections across the countr}'. He was recognized as 
one of this area's premier artists, known for his photo- 
realist paintings. Bradford earned his BA in art and MFA in painting from 
the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He taught at VCU from 1969 until 
his death, with a brief sojourn in a New York loft in the early '70s. 

Bradford was a big man, and he filled several roles in Richmond's arts 
community, foe Seipel, professor and chair of sculpture at VCU, describes 
Bradford's work as "incredibly mature and strong. He was probably one of 
the best classically trained painters in the area . . . one who was able to take 
his classical training and understand it in a real contemporar)' context, and 
pass that on to his students." 

As an advocate, Seipel said, Bradford "really played a major role in 
making sure the arts community has been able to prosper in this city. And 
much of that was done behind the scenes. He wasn't flashy about his 
presence." 

In 198 1 , with Seipel and Donna Van Winkle '72BFA, Bradford opened 
the Texas-Wisconsin Border Cafe, another Richmond arts institution. (See 
Shafer Court Connections Spring 1997.) He regularly curated exhibitions 
that continue in the cafe, and its eclectic decor and ambience bear his 
signature. 

He was a founding member of 1708 Gallerj-, now located on East Broad 
Street, and president of the gallery from 1982 to 1984, and again in 1995. 
Sally Bowling '83MFA, executive director of 1708, said, "He will be 
tremendously missed, because he was a very good artist and he was 1708's 
guardian angel as well. And when you lose a very original personalit)' like 
that, there's a hole left." 

Bradford came across as "ver)' tough," Bowring said, "but he was an 
artist inside. There was a very complicated, ver\', ver)' bright, very tender 
person there." 

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will be a superb leader," said Dr. Hermes Kontos, vice 
president of health sciences. 

Alter a national search, iJr, Gordon Ginder is the 
new director of the Massey Gana-r Q-nter, He wa.s 
director of medical oncology and a.ssfxiatc director of 
the University of Minnevda Cancer Q-nter. The 
National Institutes of Health has long funded hU study 
of normal and cancerous cell grovrth and tumor immunology, and GinH 
now holds an NIH Merit Grant recognizing his top research in the mii.- 
lar biology of gene regulation. 

In late August, Dr. Wesley Trent Crable '92.MBA of Qimmonweai" 3 

Care of Virginia was named interim replacement for Dr. Andrei*' Laswrr, 
who was dismissed as senior vice president and chief operating officer of '• 

MCV Hospitals at VCU. Lasser had held the job since May 1995. Crable had 
been a strategic and financial consultant to the hospital since November 
1996. He was CEO of Columbia Retreat Hospiul from 1995-96 and vice 
president of finance for the Retreat Health System for six years. Besides 
holding an MBA from VCU, Crable is a CPA and a doctor of public health. 
MCVH has begun a national search for Lasser's permanent replacement 

John Dayhoff, an information systems expert with 29 years of experi- 
ence in the fields of higher education, health care, science and commerce, is 
VCU's new vice provost for information technology. Dayhoff will be 
responsible for library systems on both campuses; for student, financial and 
human resource systems; for university audio-visual support; and for com- Q 
puting and telecommunications. 

TEAM SPIRIT 

Amid rumors that VCU would be losing 

its men's basketball coach, this season 

finds the team with two coaches. In a 

transition year. Sonny Smith [left] is 

co-coaching with long-time friend and 

colleague, Mack McCarthy {center), 

who recently left Universit)- of 

Tennessee-Chattanooga. McCarth}- wiU 

take over entirely as head coach next 

season, when Smith steps down because of health problems. 

Smith and McCarthy have teamed up before — at \'irginia Tech, East 
Tennessee State Universit)' and Auburn University, where the N"BA's 
Charles Barkley {right) was one of their most famous players. .According to 
them, their partnership never ended. "We talked almost every day, " points 
out McCarthy. "It's as if we never worked separately." 

They credit each other uith 573 wins betiveen them. Together, the>' 
hold coach of the year honors in five leagues and played in 15 NC-\.\ tour- 
naments. McCarthy led the UT-C Mocs to eight Southern Conference 
regular-season championships and five SC tournament championships, and 
took the team to the NCA.\ five times. \'CU .\thletic Director Richard 
Sander obsenes that N IcCarthy "had a lot of wins, a lot of success in a situa- 
tion ven' similar to \'CU. It seems to make sense." 

OUR TEAM WORKS! 

MCV Hospitals and .Associated Phwicians of VCU deser\e kudos on their 
recent report from the loint Commission on the .Accreditation of Health 
Care Organizations (IC.AHO) Sur\'ey Team. WTiile the 1C\H0 made 32 
recommendations on their last \isit two years ago, they made only ten 
this year. 

IC.\HO reported that "the demonstrated collaborative and interdiscipli- 
nar)' planning and pro\ision of patient care throughout this organization 
are truly remarkable and worthy of note. Ph)"sidans, nurses, and other pro- 
fessional support and administrative staff consistenth' presented a picture 
of comprehensive awareness of all patient care and organizational issues." 

This success is a direct result of hard work by MQH staff. Preparation 
for this \isit of the accreditation team began two years ago. The results are 
particularly impressi\e in an era of dois'nsizing staffand streamlining 
budgets. IC.\HO has awarded MC\Ti a full three-year accreditation. The 
hospital has an excellent national reputation, often named as one of the Best 
Hospitals in .\incrica in the annual published bv Gale Research. In 1996, 
more than two dozen of our physicians were named in the Best Doaors in 
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"Managed care is pervasive," comments Dr. Robert Hurley, a VCU asso- 
ciate professor of health administration who has studied managed care 
for 10 years. "There has been a steep buildup in a very short time," he 
adds, confirming public perception. 

The Virginia Association of Health Maintenance Organizations 
reports that the 29 state-licensed HMOs at the end of last year covered 
almost 1.38 million people, or 21 percent of the total population. That's 
a 16.7 percent rise from the year before and a five-fold increase since 
1990. Nationally, 12 million Americans were covered by various types 
of managed care in 1981, compared to 150 million in 1996. 

And this is definitely a health issue with complications. More 
employers are offering workers several choices of plans. Most insurers 
have diversified with multiple product lines including HMOs, PPOs 
(Preferred Provider Organizations), and point-of-service plans that 
dictate using a primary-care physician as the gatekeeper or first point of 
contact for any medical problem. And there are more variations — in 
fees, how service is authorized and how quality is measured. 

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Going by the Rules 

Pamela Drake Pugh •9IBS/H&S 
'93MF,d/E feels managed-care's impact 
as adminislrator ofa nurse staffing 
company in Fairfax. 

The biggest challenge, she says, is 
getting authorization for enough home 
visits. "At times, the managed-care com- 
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illustrates how managed care, the most 
controversial topic in today's healthcare 
arena, pits insurers against patients, and 
often against practitioners. The new 
order in health care has shifted control 
and decision-making from individual 
medical professionals to a collective, cor- 
porate process that reviews averages, sta- 
tistics and standards. Critics point out 
that individuals get sick, and that each 
case is different. The conflict at the heart 
of the debate is business vs. the ethics of 
patient care. 

Driving the issue home for Pugh is 
her own personal experience. She has 
been trying to get pregnant for more 
than a year. She very much wants a child; 
but at age 41, she's about to run out of 
time. 

Hurdles she faces from her HMO 
only increase the urgency. Fertility 
testing requires authorization from her 
primary care physician, who advised her 
against seeking treatment. "He indicated 
that at my age some doors should be 
closed sofdy," Pugh says. She hasn't 
given up, however, and recendy made an 
appointment with another primary care 
physician to plead for a referral. 

"It's given me a whole new perspec- 
tive from the patient end," says Pugh. 
"With each month that goes by I think 
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liavc been treated. It coulil be something 
simple. The/ve made it so complicated. 

"There has been no personal atten- 
tion to me. It's all a matter of going by 
the rules, and I'm paying for this. Every 
month, I'm paying not only financially, 
but als(j psychologically." 

The Case for 
Managed Care 

The idea, managed-care proponents say, 
is to provide the most appropriate 
clinical and economical response to any 
medical situation. Faculty member 
Hurley — who has participated in about a 
dozen studies on the issue for federal and 
state agencies, as well as for private foun- 
dations like the Robert Wood Johnson 
Foundation and the Pew Charitable 
Trust — is generally buUlish on managed 
care. Research indicates that "criticism of 
managed care from a clinical standpoint 
is not justified," he says. He argues 
further that member satisfaction is com- 
parable to, and in some cases better than 
that of traditional fee-for-service systems. 
Still, physicians and consumers — often 
impatients — are not convinced. 

Plans dictate what is and isn't covered 
and create a host of administrative 
hassles for medical practitioners and 
people trying to find care. Many 
providers complain the plans put restric- 
tions on patient care issues like referrals 
to specialists or the amount of time with 
patients. The terms of managed care 
create anxiety among enrollees as well — 
for limiting their choice of doctors and 
not covering some treatments or proce- 
dures. 

Hurley is among those praising 
managed care for greater pro\ider 
accountability. "In the fee-for-service 
world, we couldn't get information on 
performance, complication rates or 
outcomes," he says. "But now we have 
created an organized deliver,' s\'stem that 
can be, in theory, more accountable and 
more systematically monitored than the 
unorganized fee-for-sersice world ever 
could." 

As for the hassles of authorizations 
required for certain procedures, tests and 
medications. Hurley blames poor man- 
agement. "Part of the challenge is 
insuring that care is appropriate without 
getting into micromanagement," he sa)"s. 
"Some plans are better at that th>in 



others. Some plaas have financial inct-n- 
tives to d() the appropriate things 
without having to get involved in all the 
decisions. Hurley expects customer 
access to improve with time, "The better 
compmnies will sfjive these problems and 
the worst companies that can't perform 
adequately will be driven out of the 
market," Hurley says. 

Some industry observers question 
what will happ)en to jxrople without 
coverage or to f>eople with a disability or 
chronic disease in a world dominated by 
managed care. Hurley says managed-care 
hasn't yet been tested in those areas. We 
still don't know, he says, "whether it is 
administratively feasible, economically 
desirable or clinically suitable for these 
populations to be in 
managed-care 
systems." While the 
stakes are fairly 
modest for well 
people in managed- 
care plans, other 
populations are 
more fragile and 
often require basic 
services, like trans- 
portation, that 
managed-care plans 
usuall)' don't co\'er. The elderly, like 
many of Pugh's home care patients, 
often need more and longer care than the 
statistical average. 

Hurle)' discounts other charges that 
managed care tightens time pressure on 
doctors. "It may be a minute or two 
shorter, but the pressure in the fee-for- 
service world is just as se%'ere," he sa>'s. 
"The key issue is -svhether the care being 
deli\'ered is effective, not how long a \Tsit 
lasts." 

Hurley points to the history' of 
N'irginia's insurance plan for employees 
to show the ultimate benefits of managed 
care. The state's managed-care plan, 
adopted in 1992 — in part because of 
rapid increases in premiums — met with 
outrage among employees for limiting 
their choice of ph\Tsidans. "Four years 
later, the physician netvs'ork has expand- 
ed and the premium has remained 
constant," Hurley sa\-s. "Now I believe 
state employees are generally satisfied." 

The a\'erage increase in insurance 
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percent in the 1980s, compared to 
percent to 2 percent during the last two 
years. "As we've moved to managed care 
and negotiated lower prices, we've now 
seen premium increases flatten out," 
Hurley says. "Nationally, it's been 
the lowest rate of increase for the last 
25 years. " 

He admits that premiums are edging 
up again, because HMOs are being 
squeezed from two directions by provid- 
ers and stockholders. "The key question 
is whether purchasers will tolerate these 
rate increases. The point is MCOs are a 
creation of the buyers, and if they fail the 
buyers, they will be replaced." 

The buyers here, are corporations and 
government agencies, not individuals. A 
presidential commission recently 
outlined a health consumers' "BiE of 
Rights" — a message to employers and 
insurers. "This activity is laudable and 
perhaps necessary," Hurley says, "but no 
employer has to 
provide health 
benefits. If 
mandates increase, 
it's likely fewer 
people will be 
covered through 
their jobs. Health 
coverage is basically 
an art of corporate 
noblesse obHge in 
this country." 
In any case, he 
says, "When it comes to understanding 
the implications of the managed care 
revolution, we are like monks in the 
1400s trying to tmderstand the 
Renaissance — ^we haven't seen enough 
yet to appreciate its consequences." 

'A Barrier of Sorts" 

Reese Harris, '66BSW '68MSW is a 

licensed clinical social worker and 1997 
Alumni Star for the School of Social 
Work. Harris says managed care has had 
a "chilling effert" on the therapist-patient 
relationship. "It creates a barrier of 
sorts," he says. "It's not adversarial, but 
you're always going to have to justify 
whether the patient needs more sessions. 
Patients have to come across in reports as 
symptomatic enough to deserve the 
treatment. It used to be the prartitioner's 
decision. It was assumed we would make 
good faith choices." 




Reese Harris 



Those good faith choices are now in 
the hands of insurers who call the shots 
on what can and can't be covered. 

Still Harris says, "Managed care is in 
some ways a reasonable economic 
adjustment in health care." For patients 
who need short-term therapy — for 
example, help with career, situational 
crises, minor emotional upsets, marriage 
or relocation choices — managed-care 
plans usually cover that simply. "It's not 
really a problem in many instances. A 
limited number of sessions can be 
adequate when a forthright, dirertive 
kind of therapy is indicated," Harris says. 

"Where it's a definite thorn in the side 
of mental-health practitioners is for the 
more impaired individuals, some of 
whom I work with," he adds. Those 
patients might suffer from chronic con- 
ditions, like chronic depression, bipolar 
disorder, or like dissociative disorders — 
where a person is detached from his 
current reality, usually because of 
previous trauma. 

Harris concurs with Hurley that 
managed-care companies vary in man- 
agement expertise. "It boUs down to the 
fact that there are some good managed- 
care companies that are of good con- 
science, and there are some that are 
unconscientious and neglectful." 

Harris has spent 14 of his 29 years as a 
licensed clinical social worker in private 
prartice. With the influx of managed 
care, he's working 10 percent more and 
earning less than he was making four 
years ago. "The managed-care compa- 
nies keep pushing rates down, down, 
down," he says. "They know they can do 
it. The more subscribers they have in a 
particular metropolitan area, the more 
they know they can dirtate fees and 
reduce fees. You really don't have a 
choice unless you choose not to accept 
any insurance. In that case, you're saying, 
in effect, 'I will only see certain types of 
people, more affluent people, not people 
at lower income levels who may have an 
HMO and can't afford the out-of-pocket 
expense.' Such an exclusionary policy is 
unacceptable to many mental health pro- 
fessionals, particularly those of us who 
are social workers." 

As an independent practitioner, 
Harris is sometimes shut out of networks 
because some managed-care companies 
only contrart with larger groups. 



"Everything seems to be moving in the 
direction of larger practices," he says. "I 
don't think there is empirical evidence 
that they deliver superior service to the 
consumer. I thirtk it's convenient to the 
managed-care companies. That sort of 
thing is clearly driven by their economic 
interest." 

Harris worries, too, about the mental 
health of children in the face of managed 
care. "Colleagues who primarily treat 
children frequently complain that proto- 
cols from some HMOs for continued 
treatment and justification of treatment 
are designed by people who are not 
familiar with psychotherapeutic inter- 
ventions with children. They seem to feel 
that adult diagnostic standards are 
applied and children's special needs 
aren't taken into account." 

For example, "I vividly recall that 
when I treated children, a child might be 
depressed or anxious; but it comes out as 
a condurt disorder in school — a problem 
that often is not covered." 

From Inside the System 

Dr. William Vennart '78MS '82MD/M 
could see in the mid-1980s that managed 
care would control the future of health 
care. After eight years in private family 
medicine, he left to join a managed-care 
company. "I realized that change was 
coming and the best we could make of it 
was to be part of the system and dirert 
where the changes were going," he says. 
"That's kind of my philosophy. It's like if 
you don't vote, you ought not complain 
about the government. If you don't get 
your hands duty, how can you make it 
better?" 

Vennart says he's never faced a 
conflict of interest in several jobs as the 
liaison between health-care providers 
and the health plan. "The companies I've 
worked for have wanted me to do what is 
clinicaUy best for the patient and not 
make decisions on a cost basis but on a 
clinical basis." 

Since May 1996, Vennart has been 
medical dirertor for CIGNA HealthCare 
of Kansas/Missouri, which he says has 
procedures and protocols in place that 
support good clinical practice. His 
company gets input from a panel of 
community providers on guidelines 
from the National Institutes of Health 
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accredited by the National (.ommittcc 
for Quality Assurance, an independent 
nonprollt thai contlucls on-site exami- 
nations of HMO delivery systems. 
Vennart adds that they regularly review 
preventive ser-vices to maintain the 

health olenrollees. 
And like many 
HMOs, CIGNA 
annually compiles 
Health Plan 
Employer Data and 
Information Set, a 
project that includes 
more than 70 
quality measures, 
such as immuniza- 
tions, mammo- 
grams and choles- 
terol screening rates as well as preventive 
hospitalizations for conditions like 
asthma, and the number of low birth 
weight babies. The data allows employers 
to evaluate and compare managed-care 
plans. "It lets people know how we're 
doing," Vennart says, agreeing with 
Hurley. "It's one of the things no one 
knew before managed care came along." 
The company has also responded to 
criticism that managed-care plans use 
bonuses, fee withholding and other 
financial incentives to limit care. In 
January, the company initiated a scored 
provider evaluation that reflects quality 
as well as quantity and costs of service. 
Patients answer surveys on issues like 
member satisfaction, timely treatment 
and the number of preventive services — 
which counts for about half the score. 
For the other half, CIGNA collects data 
on areas including hospital utilizations 
and pharmacy costs. The physician's 
bonus is tied to the total score. The 
report is sent to physicians and compares 
scores to practitioners in the same spe- 
cialty. 

CIGNA Healthcare reflects the bur- 
geoning growth of many managed-care 
businesses. It reported revenue of $16.5 
billion and operating income of $1 
billion in 1996, compared to revenue of 
$16.4 billion and operating income of 
$880 million the year before. Its national 
managed care membership totaled 
approximately 4.5 million at the end of 
April 1997. 



A Turbulent Environment 

Dr. IJIen Netting, professor ol social 
work and Vf^U's 1997 Distinguished 
Scholar, does much of her research on 
the issues laced by elderly people in 
health and human services delivery. 

Netting says one of the biggest 
problems for physicians who care for the 
elderly in a managed-care environment 
is time pressure. "Older people are used 
to knowing their physician and talking 
about a number of issues," she says. 
"And they are liable to have multiple, 
chronic health problems. It puts a real 
stress on the system when you have tight 
time limits." 

The stress is compounded, in many 
cases, by patient volume. "One of the 
shocks to me is how many patients might 
be in a physician's panel," she says. 
"Some have 1,500 patients. That's a lot of 
people." 

Netting v^dtnessed the dilemma first- 
hand as part of a study on the impact of 
case management in primary-care physi- 
cian practices — a four-year project that 
includes nine sites, finishing at the end of 
1998. 

Netting offers a mixed review on the 
impact of managed care. "Theoretically, 
managed care which seeks to view the 
patient holistically has great potential," 
she says, "but the implementation is 
problematic." She admits that constant 
change, coming largely out of managed 
care's responses to consumers' and 
providers' dissatisfaction, has created a 
turbulent environment that makes it 
tougher than ever to practice medicine, 
especially for those who care for the 
elderly. "It can be very disruptive to a 
practitioner because of the dual focus 
required," Netting says. "They ha\'e to 
constantly be aware of changes in the 
larger enwonment that will impact their 
practice. At the same time their emphasis 
as a practitioner is on the older person. 
It's very complicated to balance these 
environmental changes that influence 
how you structure your practice with the 
direct practice \'ou're doing." 

Numerous solo practitioners and 
small practices have joined larger groups 
so they can free themsehes from admin- 
istrative tasks and focus on what they 
were trained to do — practice medicine. 



Like Pugh, Netting has seen problerm 
with managed care when patients need 
home care, but from the case manager's 
viewpoint. "I'd see case managers go to 
people's homes and make a human am- 
nection. Then they'd have to go back to 
the office and deal with systems that were 
being restructured and changed daily. 
Their whole demeanor would change. 
They had to deal with systems that were 
incredibly difficult to understand and 
with a lot of rumors about v/hat was 
going to happen and wiiere they would 
be positioned in the agency. It's a real 
eye-opener to see that." All those layers 
distort the direct human response to 
patients' needs. 

Early results from Netting and 
Williams' study already reinforce the 
need for health-care professionak to 
work in interdisciplinary teams. That's a 
big issue as managed care aims to see 
patients holistically and to manage care 
across a number of fields." It can be diffi- 
cult to do when prosiders have all been 
trained separate!)-. "We need to get 
students and educators connected across 
disciplines through team teaching, col- 
laborations and classes that bring 
students from different professions 
together." 

In the interim, 
what lies ahead? 
More uncertainn-. 
While sk)TOcketing 
health-care costs 
have stablized for 
the moment, 
reaching an equilib- 
rium benveen costs 
and patients" needs 
is elusive. By 
focusing on costs, HMOs are simph' mir- 
roring the larger sodet\". But because 
they deal with health care, it's different 
HN lOs have raised a question Americans 
are struggling ^\ith. \\'hat is Ufe worth? 
.And who decides? Can we trust health 
care to the marketplace? 

KATHLEEN THOMAS IS A FREELANCE 
WRITER IN RICHMOND WHO WRITES i 
CONSUMER'S COLUMN FOR THE 
RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH. 




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BY EDWIN SLIPEK JR. '74BFA 



Quick. When you hear the words interior designer, 
what comes to mind? For some, it conjures the 
image of a natty individual flipping through fabric 
samples over tea or coffee in a well-heeled client's 
penthouse. While the individual client will always be 
a mainstay of the industry, the deeper responsibilities 
of design can take practitioners far beyond the 
stereotype. Many VCU interior design alumni are 
leaders in their field, thriving in evolving careers. 
Interior design, at its most basic, addresses the 
most intimate and physical aspects of human exis- 
tence. Where we work and relax. Where we eat and 
sleep. But this international field is exploding with 
career opportunities in emerging nations and 
expanding economies. Interior design is also at the 
heart of pressing environmental issues, from energy 



efficiency to the material and chemical makeup of 
wall and floor coverings and furniture. 

And increasingly, the interior designer is not a 
lone talent working one-on-one with a client, but a 
member of a broader design effort. "Team work is 
critical," says alumna Signe Girgus. She should know. 
Currently the senior preservation and facilities 
officer at the Executive Office of the President, she 
has worked with every administration and president 
since Jimmy Carter as the in-house interior designer. 

We expect interior designers to have a trained eye 
and an innovative spirit. And because the field 
reflects, addresses and even determines the physical 
fundamentals of how we Kve and work, they are 
often at the cutting edge of American culture, 
thought and action — like the four alumni here. 



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may be a cliche, but il's no 
aggcration to say that 
Jerry Fox Law '65BFA has 
done it all. Recently, she 
and her husband Robert, a 
building contractor, restored an ante bellum 
mansion in Bishopville, South Carolina. Its 
facade could have inspired the movie set for 
"Tara" in Gone With the Wind. But don't 
think that Law is all linens and lace. Her 
interior design talents and expertise have 
taken her from commercial projects in major 
American cities to design work in the Middle 
East where women have traditionally been 
denied opportunities. 

Back in the 1980s the Saudi Arabian gov- 
ernment hired her to design and outfit 
housing units for doctors, nurses and 
administrators at the King Faisal Specialist 
Hospital in Riyadh. Because her husband is a 
builder, they were able to offer a "turnkey" 
project; he installed her design, and they 
turned over the key for the completed job to 
the client. "There were more than 240, 40-foot-long containers of 
furniture," she recalls, marveling herself at the scale. Thomasville 
Furniture's parent company was impressed enough with her order 
to recommend her to design interiors for another Saudi project, 
the Corniche Hotel in Jeddah, which she worked on with a British 
architectural firm. 

Law's experience with Nashville's Opryland Hotel, where she 
designed 613-rooms, 500,000 square feet, led to a comission for the 
Hermitage Hotel in Nashville. In 1982, that project won first place 
from the American Society of Interior 
Designers (ASID) for historic preservation. 
More recently, she designed the Robert Trent 
Jones Clubhouse at Palmetto Dimes on 
Hilton Head Island, Haig Point Club on 
Daufuski Island and Dataw Island 
Clubhouse near Buford, South Carolina. 
"After you work in design for awhile, you 
realize that one project leads to another," she 
says. 

Regardless of the scope of a project, Law 
says she wants to do at least two things — to 
^ reflect and enhance the intent and design of the ai'chitect, and to 
express a sense of place, wherever the building is. For the Corniche, 
Law designed the flooring of a coftee shop after the patterns of an 
intricate Arabian fountain she discovered in her research. 

Since Law's days at RPI, art has been part of the atmosphere. 
"At school, artists working in all types of media were around all the 
time. So I've always tried to include artists when the budget 
permits. Using regional artists that clients and their customers are 
familiar with buys a lot of good will." Law will often set up a mini- 
exhibit so clients and their employees can choose works they like. 

At the Opr)'land Hotel, Law commissioned a huge mural 
depicting the history of lost Nashville. The aitist spent six months 





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researching Nashville's architecture. The idea 
for the mural gfjcs back to a trip 1 3-year-old 
Law tcKjk with her mother. Young Jerry was 
awestruck by Dorothy Draper's divtincttve 
interiors for the Grcenbriar Hotel, especially 
the historic mural in the Virginia Room. 
"After that, I took a room improvement 
course at 4-H and started talcing medianicaJ 
drawing. I also loved to work alongside my 
father in his home workshop." She started 
talking about becoming a designer. 
"Everybody said I would change my mind," 
remembers I.aw, "But I didn't" 

Later, at RPI, "Dr. Robert Hester was a 
fantastic influence," she says of a favorite 
professor. "He traveled and really kept up. 
He tried to broaden us. He'd have us listen to 
music and look at clothing of a certain 
period. By learning historical styles, we 
learned proportion." 

Law graduated early and soon after met 
her future husband — at a laundromat on 
Harrison and Grove Avenues near campus. 

("He asked me how many dimes a dryer took." ) 

At her first job at Everett Waddey in Richmond, Law's projects 

included the Trigon Blue Cross/Blue Shield Building, the Markel 

Building and the WRVA radio 

station on Church Hill — a modem 

landmark designed by architect 

Philip Johnson. Later, she learned 

how to spec laj-ge projects and 

gained a soUd understanding of the 

furniture industry' 'while designing 

interiors for many new facilities at 

the University of North Carolina. 

In 1971, she opened Jerr\' La\v 

Interiors in Chapel Hill. Two >'ears 

later, the Laws were lining in 

NashNoUe, where she directed 

Better Environments, Inc. "I've 

started out se\'eral times," she ex-plains. "Ha\Tng his own construc- 
tion business, m)' husband can \vork an)"where." 

Looking back on her career. Law admits that a frenetic 

schedule took its toll. "I sometimes missed holida>is," she sa)^, 

"and I usually worked until eight or nine at night I regret that life 

goes by so fast." 

In South Carolina, Law has been immersed in ci%ic projects, 

including restoration of an old Opera House and co-fbunding and 

designing the South Carolina Cotton Museum. She has also cau^t 

up with two RPI alumnae neiirby, Marie Mercogiiano McCum 

and Ponza Armfield \'aughn, both '67BS(OT1/.\H. In tact, after 

a fire destroyed N'auglian's house. Law redid it when the house 

was rebuilt. 

Laws latest emphasis is working closeh' with an architea to 

sharpen her computer skills. "Lm thinking about taking a class to 

get me up to spieed," she sa>-s. .And speed is her style 




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orbert Hamm '68BFA would 
not necessarily caU himself an 
interior designer, but his 
educational environments 
^inform and inspire some 
30,000 central Virginia elementary and higli school 
students who visit the regional Mathematics and 
Science Center near Mechanicsville, Virginia each 
year. This unique facility, created and supported by 
a consortium of public schools, provides specialized 
programs and laboratories that would be too 
expensive for any individual school system. 

While students can immerse themselves in the 
center's specialized mobUe classrooms and instruc- 
tional kits designed to enrich in-school curricula, 
the heart of leaming is the ten, 30'x30' interior 
spaces. Each of these highly specialized, hands-on 
rooms focuses on a different aspect of math or 
sciences. They are such beautiful and meticulously 
crafted places, the word "room" hardly describes them. Hamm 
designed them all. What makes these spaces all the more dramatic 
is that they are located in a nondescript, early '60s school building. 
Participants step from a plain concrete sidewalk into another 
world. 

In the Signet Challenger Space Center, students can suit up for 
a simulated trip into space, or direct the mission from a realistic 
control room. The "2D-3D Math: Real and Virtual" room chal- 
lenges middle school students to create three-dimensional images 
from two-dimensional shapes, manipulating the images on the 
computer screen. Hamm adds a few more dimensions with an 
interdisciplinary visual history lesson that explores how tiny 
pieces — or pixels, in computer terms — have been used throughout 
history to create images. He uses a Buddhist sand mandala, African 
Kente cloth, Afghanistan rugs, French pointiUist paintings and 
modem satellite images as examples. 

Hamm's favorite space is the DuPont Air Quality Simulation 
Room (photo), where he had the chance to work throughout the 
project with environmentalists, scientists and teachers. 
"Sometimes a designer is called in only at the end as icing on the 
cake — to decorate," he 
explains. "Here I was 
involved from the begin- 
ning." And no one else in the 
country had done anything as 
extensive. "We had to go to 
the basics and design from 
ground zero to interpret the 
positive and negative ways of 
dealing with air quality." 

The whole room "models 
the earth and the effects of 
natural and man-made influ- 
ences." Tubes radiate from a 
globe at the center to and 
from six work stations where 
students can experiment with 





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and observe good and bad effects of air quality. 
Students can make pollutants at three stations. 
"The Grill" generates particles from cooking fast 
food — "a burger joint is worse for air quality now 
than most manufacturing," says Hamm. At the 
transportation station, students can analyze exhaust 
from propane, gasoline and diesel engines. Tubes 
run from there to the globe, where pollutants 
interact with sunlight and go on to the materials 
damage station where, for example, acid rain erodes 
a copper model of the Statue of Liberty. A medical 
station shows how air quality affects lungs and 
other human organs; at the biomonitor station, 
kids can see lichen react to good and bad air. 

Hamm left postwar Germany at 18, came to the 
United States and worked as a draftsman at 
Reynolds Metals in Richmond. A Reynolds graphic 
designer inspired Hamm's interest in a design 
career. "RPI was the perfect fit," says Hamm, "I 
could go to school full-time and work part-time." 

Turning philosophical, Hamm worries about visual literacy 
among Americans, especially young people. "There is so much 
clutter in our Kves that it is hard for children to know good from 
bad architecture, for instance. We see bad design every day, so it is 
hard for children to focus on something that is done well. Even the 
typical classroom is cluttered," Hamm observes. "There is clutter 
on television, and especially on the Internet. I was designing a 
website (http://ms.mathscience.kl2.va.us) recentiy, and realized 
it's difficult to keep clutter out." 

To combat clutter in children's formative experiences, Hamm 
says parents must make a special effort to visit museums with 
them, and encourage children to make things with thefr hands. 
"The tangible, tactile things teach by color, shape and volume." 

Parents, he says, should look for better toys that allow for imag- 
inations to soar. And children should be encouraged to make 
things from scratch — from model airplanes to creating objects in 
workshops. 

When he was coming of age in post-Nazi Germany, Hamm 
says that while there were many examples of poor design, some- 
thing else was ingrained — 
quality. "When you do it, do 
it right." It's a lesson that was 
reinforced in his new country 
and school. 

"At RPI, I was fortunate to 
have such professors as Jewett 
Campbell, John Hilton and 
Richard Carlyon. They were 
generalists. We learned by 
doing and by absorption. 
I was trained as an artist. 
Not a day goes by when I 
don't think of these people. 
They taught us to find out 
for ourselves. We owe them 
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ictoria Schomer '72Bl'A named her interior 

design llrm iiilcrior Oinccrns. Slic might well 
have dubbed it "i'.nvironmentaj (Concerns." For 
the past eight years, this Virginia-raised 
C;alifornian has established herself as one of the 
interior design world's foremost advocates of environmental aware- 
ness and responsibility. In 1994 she founded Building Concerns, a 
non-profit, environmental resource program for designers and 
others working with ecologically sustainable design, building and 
development. She also publishes Building Concerns Newsletter and 
the Interior Concerns Resource Cuide, respected, national environ- 
mental publications reporting on the latest design and building 
information. They are resources on new environmental products, case studies, issues and 
directions for further research. 

"I've always been an environmentalist at heart," Schomer says, "but over the past eight 
years my aesthetic has changed dramatically." In the late '80s, she began reading intently 
about the world's rainforests and began to learn more about how Europeans use materials. 
"Europe is tightly populated and has used up many of its resources," she says. "There, even 
small environmental problems can take a heavy toU." 

This awareness colors the way they do things. European paints, for example. Some are 
citrus-based — and citrus oUs are very durable. Others are casein-based, like the old \vhite- 
wash paints. "And people expect to mLx their own colors, adding vegetable glazes and tints 
to get the shades they want." You'll also notice, she says, that Europeans are now agressive- 
ly marketing the newest environment-friendly materials — like hemp, for insulation, furni- 
ture and clothing. 

The "green" design and building movement began in the United States a decade ago, 
Schomer says — appropriately as a grass-roots effort. Today it has expanded into state and 
federal action. "Many states are forcing manufacturers to be more responsible," she 
reports, "And many major furniture companies now have their office furniture s)'stems 
tested for chemical emissions." Environmental awareness "will only get more important," 
she insists. "The planet can't take but so much abuse." 

On a personal level, Schomer says, "I don't beat up on myself over environmental 
flaws imbedded in the American lifest)'le. She lives responsibly by working at an office in 
her home and driWng a car that doesn't guzzle gas. She uses curbside req'cling "for every- 
thing." She tries to remember that "everything I do makes a difference. Ever)' little thing 

we do counts." "Reduce, reuse, req'cle" are 
the three green Rs. "And don't forget to bu\' 
products with recycled content," she adds. 

Nor does she ram her own commitment 
down the throats of her clients, but guides 
them toward environmentally sensitive 
products, based on their personal priorities. 
"Do they have kids ^vith allergies? Carpets 
hold dust and mold, so they probably 
shouldn't use any fixed carpet; small area 
rugs can be washed thoroughly." Ma>-be they 
are concerned about rainforests. Most 
lumber companies' "sustainable forest" 
means clearcutting and replanting; but that's not the same as "ecologically sustainable," 
which protects the whole ecosystem. 

What advice would she give fellow alumni who want to make "green" choices? 
Schomer ponders for a moment. "I think they could use their noses as their guide." And 
she means that literally. "Take a piece of fabric — glazed chintz, say, and put it in a glass 
jar in the sun." There's formaldehyde in the finish that pro\tdes a shine, or stain guard or 
permanent press. You can smell it — like )'ou can in a fabric store. Cotton is not the natui-al 
option it seems to be, either. "100 percent cotton ma}- stUl have a finish on it; and cotton 
farming uses the highest percentage of chemical pesticides and fertilizer of any cTop." 

Yes, it can be complicated, she admits. "But there are so mam- more alternatives 
available now, and fliey are getting cheaper as more people use them." An even more 
basic step is to ask ourselves before we buy. Is this really necessan'? "What we must do 
most of all is look deep within ourselves and make changes in our lifestyles. That is no 
small thing to ask." 



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"The design field is moving in the 
direction of spcciaJization and is gietting 
more complex, but our students have 
done exceedingly well," says Professor 
Buie Harwood, appxjinted chair of 
interior design last summer. "If our 
graduates want to work in their field, 
the oppHjrtunities are there. The office 
and health care fields are booming. 
Residential design opportunities are 
there." 

You have to walk at a fast dip to 
keep up with Harwood as she strides 
across campus fi-om meeting to 
meeting. Among her priorities are 
establishing professional internships 
and other communicative links to the 
broader design world, marketing the 
department, and keeping up with 
globalization's afifect on design and 
career opportimities. To create 
dialogue with designers outside VCU, 
"Third \\'ecinesda\'5" — usualh" p>anel 
discussions — are held monthly on 
campus. Harwood is equally keen on 
enhancing the department's techno- 
logy, an increasingh' important tool 
for designers. 

This year, several representatives 
from China's Suchou Unhersitv" will 
visit VCU to discuss wa\"s that the t\s"o 
programs might collaborate. Three 
recent interior design graduates are 
currently working for design firms in 
Shanghai — Be\-erle>' Cobbler '97BFA. 
Jason Horton and James \'ea, both 
'95BFA. "The Asian-Pacific realm is 
booming in terms of design, and the\- 
are looking to the West for guidance," 
sav-s Harwood. She sav's that the three 
alumni in China are regarded as major 
designers in their firms, and often 
( Continued on p. 19) 



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igne Linscott Girgus 

'72BFA did a good deal 

of soul-searching before 

deciding on a career in 

interior design. She 

studied at VCU from 
1968 to 1972, "very fervent years for the 
country. At that time interior design seemed 
somevirhat superficial to me." VCU's fresh- 
man Art Foundation program gave her time 
to explore several fields in art, which helped 
with her choice. She continued vnth her 
major when a friend observed that a life is 
measured by the kind of effort you put into 
whatever you undertake. She realized that 
"good three-dimensional design really can improve the quality of 
a person's Ufe." 

So, Girgus's interest in design has always been imbued with and 
expanded by a very strong sense of social responsibility. Even as a 
student, she spent a lot of time in service areas — student govern- 
ment and community volunteering. "I knew that for the kind of 
work I wanted in my life, the academics alone would not be 
enough. I needed those other experiences." At graduation, she was 
awarded the Gold Key for Outstanding Service to the University 
and listed in Who's Wiio in American Colleges and Universities. 
That level of commitment has carried through her life. She is listed 
in Wlw's Who in the East und Who's Who in Interior Design. 

Since 1978 Girgus has put her design and management skills 
into service at the White House, where she is now senior preserva- 
tion and facilities officer for the Executive OfSce of the President. 
"This is not like any other design job," she emphasizes. "If you've 
ever walked through these buildings, you've felt the history in this 
place. The White House has been here for 200 years; the Executive 
Office Btulding for 100. There's so much American history and 
culture here, and world history as weU." 

Girgus has seen the White House through four administra- 
tions, four transitions. "Dealing with a political culture is very dif- 
ferent from, say, working at IBM," she comments. "Each adminis- 
tration is unique." As in other areas of design, there are psychologi- 
cal and physical needs to consider. "Designing to suit the staff 
culture involves careful listening and a subde thought process. We 
don't just draw something on a board and say, 'This fits.' There is 
nothing simple here" — especially when Girgus and White House 
staff are simultaneously coordinating retirement offices for a 
former president while setting up transition offices for the presi- 
dent-elect and his new staff. 

The White House, Girgus explains, is much more than the 
Executive Residence (which is managed by the National Park 
Service). The eighteen-acre complex includes the East and West 




Wings (West Wing Reception Room left, 
Girgus- designed)-, the Old Executive and New 
Executive Office Buildings, the Winder 
Building and the Jackson Place town houses. 
And more. Girgus's most recent project is 
redesigning the presidential anterooms at 
Lincoln Center. 

She is the only designer among five 
people in the OfSce of Administration 
Facilities Management, which interacts with 
a dozen other departments that fall within 
the Office of the President. "The design field 
today is much more about technology and 
teamwork between different types of engi- 
neers and designers," says Girgus, "and my 
job is more management and consulting than actual design." 

Girgus grew up m a 200-year-old farmhouse in New Jersey, 
where "my mother taught us very early how to integrate a contem- 
porary Hfe with eighteenth- and nineteenth-century fiimish- 
ings" — a crucial piece of knowledge for the job at hand. "We have 
a limited inventory of office furniture and eighteenth- and nine- 
teenth-century reproduction furnishings, but our preservation 
design has to be functional and integrate with technological needs. 
So, we use contemporary fiimiture like ergonomic chairs in this 
'semi-historic' oflice setting, since the staff has such long days." 

Despite the complexity and intensity of her job, Girgus feels it's 
important to keep learning. She is working on a master's degree in 
American decorative arts, offered in Washington by the Parsons 
School of Design with the Cooper Hewitt National Design 
Museum. 

One of Girgus' official duties is working 
with the Federal Interagency Working Group 
on Food Recovery to Help the Hungry. This 
program sends excess food from the White 
House to the District of Columbia Central 
Kitchen, which feeds 3,000 shelter-dwellers a 
day. "It's not just my job. I've chopped veg- 
etables and sorted food at the center. It's 
important." 

Since school, volunteering and making the 
extra effort have always been important to 
Girgus, who also teaches Sunday school in 
Alexandria. That's important for students 
now, too, she says. "Doing more will take you 
farther. Try everything until you find your 
niche. When you have a place to use all your 
skills, then you can be the most effective and 
of the most service throughout your life." 




Designers spend their days dealing with colors, shapes and 
forms. Although they think conceptually, they must create practi- 
cal solutions for sometimes complex situations. They must be alert 
to the envfronmental consequences of many of their decisions. 
, They are lone artists; but to succeed, they must often play on 
bigger teams. They are business people who must stay on top of 
developments and trends in manufacturing and industry. They 
must be computer-literate, but realize that nothing can take the 
place of a good idea. At the end of the day, they must satisfy their 
clients. 

What sets many of VCU's design graduates apart is their keen 
sense of social responsibility. Some, like Jerry Law, look at their 

SHAfER COURT CONNECTIONS 



immediate community and ask what they can do to improve 
things. Others, like Norbert Hamm, realize that their educational 
designs immediately affect the students who interact vvdth them. 
Victoria Schomer's design incorporates her commitment to the 
environment. Signe Girgus spends her workdays making the 
White House power center a more humane place to work. 

AH of them understand that other people live daily with their 
design decisions; those choices can influence not only people's 
comfort and effectiveness, but their values. 

EDWIN SLIPEK LIVES IN RICHMOND, AND TEACHES AND 
WRITES ABOUT ART AND ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY 

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The original interior of the 
Eppa Hunlon House at HIO 
West Franklin Street shows 
the elegant decor of this 
upper-class neighborhood of 
the early 1900s. 



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The eclectic beauty of the architecture in the West Franklin Street Historic District subtly 
reflects the university's diversity. Most of the buildings along the 800-1000 blocks of West 
Franklin vifere finished before 1930 and are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 
The Department ot Interior Design highlights the district in "Windows to the past. Views to 
the Future." 

Department Chair Buie Harwood worked on the interdisciplinary project with three 
seniors in interior design — Elizabeth Cabell, Jennifer Einolf and Rich Hines — and history 
student Dorthea Goodrich and Ken Koselke, a graduate student in photography. After a year 
researching three buildings and projecting designs for possible new uses, the group developed 
a historical program and walking tours of the houses. 

Noland and BaskervUle built Hunton House (photo) in Georgian Revival style for 
Confederate soldier, lawyer and U.S. Senator Eppa Hunton in 1913. In 1967, VCU bought the 
building, now home to the Department of Psychology. 

Construction began on Ginter House at 901 West Franklin Street in 1888 — the year 
Richmond's first streetcar system opened. Harvey L. Page blended Richardson Romanesque, 
Arts and Crafts and Classical styles in the mansion. The City ot 
Richmond opened its first public library in Ginter House in 1924. 
Since the College of WUliam and Mary (later RPI and now VCU) 
bought the house in 193 1, it has held classrooms, a dorm, and the 
main administration offices. A restoration in 1978 returned many of 
its original elements. Now Ginter House hosts Provost and Vice 
President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Grace Harris '60MSW. 

Millhiser House at 916 West Franklin Street, was built in 1895. 
William Poindexter gave it a Moorish facade, with elements of Arts 
and Crafts, English Renaissance and Colonial Revival throughout. 
Special touches include a secret panel and bas-reliefs lining the fire- 
places. RPI bought the building in 1964, and it became the first 
student acti\'ities center. From the fireplaces, Shakespeare's witches 
muttered dire predictions at Commonwealth Times staft", and later 
Apollo — god of art and learning — watched over Honors Seminars. 
Now, the building holds International Programs. 

Learn more about these houses and the rest of the district at 
www.library.vcu.edu/jbc/speccoU.html. 




".45 threads intcr,\ovcu 
in the fabric of daily 
campus life, these build- 
ings are visual icom of 
the college etniron- 
ment, " says Buie 
Hanvood, Chair of 
Interior Design. 



-AMINTA KELBY SEAY •98BGS/NTS 



(Continued from p. 17) 
rqjrescnt their aympantes at 
presentations. Another alumnus, 
Tinnakom Rujinarong '83MFA, 

operates his international design 
firm from Bangkok. 

VCU is at the forefront of interior 
design education. Dr. Paul Petrie, 
associate dean of the art school, is 
president-elect of the Interior Design 
Educators Council f IDECj. Graduate 
student Pei Tan, won "Best in Show" 
in the IDEC national student comjjeti- 
tion, and Professor Chaoyi Gao won 
first place in an IDEC international 
juried visual competition. 

The department has also become 
a leader in using technolog\' to teach. 
Although interior design has had a 
computer lab, it recently became the 
first department in the School of the 
Arts (or within the universit\'J to 
require every student to own a laptop 
computer. "This is much more 
fle.xible," says Har»vood, "The 
computer is more integrated in the 
entire teaching and design process now, 
and students can use them at home." 
Harwood sav-s V^CU is generalh' 
considered three to four years ahead 
of other schools in the use of computer 
technolog)' in interior design. 

On the other hand, "The computer 
is a part of daily life, but not the 
whole," cautions Harwood. "Were 
not going to let the computer lead us. 
The hand component is important 
Quick thinking often happens \\-hile 
sketching." 

With Harwood as the chair, interior 
design graduates' thinking will be 
quick, but solid, too. 



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Hong K o n g 



and 



Tokyo 



MICHAEL MARTZ 




Hsi Keh Lai Lido! Asian hospitality greets VCU at Main Power in Shenzen, China, The company makes 
small appliances for Hamilton Beach/Proctor Silex. 



Kathy Curtis saw two different Chinas 
from the window of her tour bus. One 
was represented by immaculately 
groomed strips of grass along the 
roadways in Shenzhen, a city of endless 
skyscrapers that has appeared in less than 
20 years in the rice paddies across the 
Chinese border from Hong Kong. 

The other was embodied by the 
people who cut the grass — each using 
clippers and coOecting the blades in 
woven baskets. 

"I thought, 'What that means is it's 
cheaper to do it with people than to buy 
machinery to do it,'" said Curtis, a 
human resources director at Virginia 
Power. She was in China in July with 
VCU's Fast-Track MBA program in the 
School of Business. 




Cheap labor is one of the most 
obvious lessons for doing business in the 
People's Republic of China, with more 
than 1 .2 billion people and a surging 
economy that attracts investment from 
around the world. The Virginia 
Economic Development Partnership, of 
which VCU is a partner, has seen the 
Asia-Pacific region increase its share of 
state exports by 10 percent, to about one- 
third, in less than 10 years. The region is 
the second largest for Virginia exports, 
behind Europe. 

China was a natural choice for the 
Fast-Track MBA program, which began 
its fourth year this fall. Global business is 
a module in the intensive, 18-month 
program, so each year the class schedules 
a trip abroad. The first year, they went to 

People Powered. At Main Power's factory, small 
parts are machine-made. Ted Robertson, Bill 
Miller and FTMBA student Jonathan Ball, presi- 
dent of Price Modern, watch workers assemble 
them by hand. The Chinese workers live in dormi- 
tories 10 to a room. Paying for salaries, food and 
housing is still cheaper than automation. 



Mexico, then wracked by financial fallout 
from devaluation of the peso, 'i'he 
second year, the destination Wiis western 
Europe, trying to establish a common 
European currency. 

This year .seemed ideal for visiting 
c;hina, which had just resumed sover- 
eignty over I long Kong after a 1 56-year 
colonial hiatus. Al.so, the country has 
been perhaps the most dynamic of Asia's 
emerging markets. [The October crash of 
the Asian stock market "showed again 
just how timely and relevant our trip 
was — and how important the Asia- 
Pacific region is in the world economy, " 
Fast Track Executive Director Bill Miller 
'90MBA commented later.] A group of 
27 visited Hong Kong, South China and 
Tokyo in 1 1 days. 

"It was so aggressive for VCU to try to 
do this," said Curtis. "They puUed it off 
and did a real good job." 

The trip included in-depth visits to 
the Chinese operations of major corpo- 
rations with Virginia ties, such as Philip 
Morris Cos. Inc., Motorola Inc., 
Hamilton Beach/Proctor Silex Inc., and 
Sea-Land Service Inc., a subsidiary of 
Richmond-based CSX Corp. Swinging 
by Japan, they also visited Esso (Exxon) 
and Pfizer Pharmaceutical Co, orga- 
nized by Fast-Track student and Phizer 
employee Tim Best. 

One of the most revealing stops was 
Motorola. With more than $1 billion 
invested in mainland China, the 
company is the largest U.S. investor 
there, and its Chinese operations employ 
about 7,000 people. It s combined sales 
to Hong Kong and the People's Republic 
totaled $3.2 billion in 1995, or about 12 
percent of the company's worldwide 




Import, txport. Husy port. Hong kong hm been a tenter vj worUl trade Jur ccntunei. Its total exports Jar 
1 997 through October were $HK 1.2 trillion. (Trade statistics compiled by the Hong Kong government 

from import/export declarations.) 



Asked the secret of their success in 
China, "Motorola said, 'Relationships 
and time,' " recalled Ted Robertson 
'97MBA, president of Chester-based 
Autolease. Personal connections, or 
guaftxi, may be increasingly important to 
foreign firms doing business in Hong 
Kong, as well as mainland China. 

As early as 1986 Motorola "had the 
foresight to get into some of these 
markets and start building the relation- 
ships," said Miller. He had his own 
chance to build relationships with the 
Chinese — an invitation to an exotic feast 
that included ft'esh snake. "It was mind 
over matter," Miller said of his reptilian 
meal in Guangzhou. 

Most of all. Hong Kong impressed the 
travelers with its commerce-driven 
energy. "You get the feeling that Hong 
Kong is there for one reason — making 
money," Robertson said. Kathy's 
husband, Chris Curtis, wondered 
whether political concerns over Hong 



Kong's future under communist Chinese 
rule are misplaced. "The entrepreneurial- 
ism is so deeply entrenched I don't know 
how eas)' it would be to change it" 
Miller said the class had mixed 
feelings about doing business in China. 
"For some, it was exhilarating — for 
others, it was an eye-opener." 

Tfiis slot-}' is excerpted and edited with 
permission from a copyright feature in the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch, September 
14, 1997. 

VCVs Fast Track MBA program 
allows workitig professionals to earn the 
MBA in 18 montlts. With their peers from 
other professions, students study tradition- 
al MBA courses in modules on organiza- 
tional ailture, analysis and decision 
making, team building and leadership, 
producti\'ity and innovation, strategic 
management and global cfudknges. Next 
year. Miller says, the group will probably 
\isit a countT)' in Latin America. 




Getting Down to Business. Dean Howard 
Tiichnan (right) talks shop with William Lee, 
managing director ot Main Power Co. Darlene 
Schinlever '80BS '96MBA/B, president of the Fiut 
Track MBA Ahimni Association and Dr. Michael 
Little, Fast Track faadt)' ad^Hsor were part of a 
group of 27 class members, faadty and families 
who visited Hong Kong, South China and Tokyo 
in II days last summer. 



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BY STEPHANIE SACCONE 'BIBS/MC 

For many Westerners, Hong Kong is as distant 
as miles, culture and language can make it— an 
icon for the word foreign. So how did VCU 
alumna Sharon Bryant '83MEd '95PhD/E get 
there from Virginia? "I am a firm believer in the 
universal spirit and that it does what needs to 
be done," she says. 

The experience has been rich but difficult. 
Bryant was one of the Allen administration's 
first "workforce reduction" statistics in 1995. 
She went from a rewarding and prestigious job 
as a math specialist in Virginia's Department of 
Education, to teaching in a country with little 
reverence for education, where a night out 
might mean hiking alone from her small 10th 
floor flat to a neighborhood restaurant. 

"It is difficult to be told at 47 you are not 
needed, and to create a new life, if you will, for 
yourself. In 1995 there were few appropriate 
positions for a PhD." Through Agere — a non- 
profit education foundation Bryant and fellow 
alumnae Dr. Sydney Sherrod and Dr. Rebecca 
Dedmond founded in 1991 — she found a 
position at the Hong Kong Institute of 
Education (HKIED). "Since then I have had 
more education than in the first 48 years of my 
life!" 

HKIED prepares public school teachers for 
lower secondary school. The requirements are 
not exacting. "Here in Hong Kong public edu- 
cation has been mainly to prepare workers for 
the workforce, and a few to go on to the univer- 
sity," Bryant explains. "Educators and politi- 
cians are working to change that." 

Bryant teaches curriculum and instruction, 
and she's a field experience coordinator for 
students in the Secondary English program. "I 
teach in English," she says. "I speak slowly and 
repeat myself often. Most of my students could 
not get into a university, so they settled for 
HKIED. Their English is often weak. But the 
students are wonderful and have taught me a 




Hong Kong came to VCU in the 
Anderson Gallery's exhibit June 27- 
October 5, coinciding with Britain's 
return of the colony to China. VCU art 
historian Dr. Robert Hobbs co-curated 
with Korean museologist Chip Tom. 
Hobbs commented: 

"This cross-section of Hong Kong art 
serves as a series of ongoing proposals 
about this dynamic identity. These nine 
contemporary artists pose questions, 
establish intriguing conjunctions and 
encourage viewers to consider diverse 
responses. Instead of playing partisan 
politics, this art fashions new alliances 
between disparate realms. Like the city 
itself, the work is neither entirely Eastern 
nor V\^estem in its outlook." 




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"Pink Dreams," 
Lucia Cheung. 

"Instead of bombast, 
she chooses under- 
statement, and in 
place of disjunction, 
she creates impossible 
fairy tales. One can 
view the conjunction 
of these two political 
entities as either an 
act of repatriation or 
of recolonization." 
—Hobbs 



SHAFER COURT CONNECTIONS 



22 




lot more than I have taught them. 1 am teaching 
them to be more open and questioning of their 
educators, though, which is not a traditional 
Chinese value." 

Learning Chinese values, and learning to 
tolerate and even appreciate them, has been 
part of the challenge and the joy of living in 
Hong Kong. "I am continuing my learning in 
four arenas here," Bryant reflects. "I am 
learning professionally to be more of an educa- 
tional moralist, to bring a more international 
perspective to education in America. Personally 
I am learning to be a member of a minority — I 
am probably the only Caucasian, English- 
speaking (the Chinese say "Gwellio — foreign 
devil"), handicapped, single female with a PhD 
in Hong Kong. Spiritually I am learning to be 
more tolerant, and physically more active." 

Daily life was a jarring challenge. "Lots of 
people rushing in tight spaces," reports Bryant. 
"The amount of walking I do daily is huge. In 
Virginia I whined if I had to walk a few blocks 
to get to a mall. And 1 spend a lot of time 
waiting — for busses, mini-busses, taxis, ferries, 
trains and subways. After all that walking, 
though, you get to a great restaurant. "People 
live in such small spaces that socializing and 
entertainment are mainly done in hundreds of 
restaurants with really wonderful food." 



"I live in a small flat, which costs more than 
my house in Virginia. My flat is one of eight on 
ihe Kllh floor of a .32-story high rise in the 
midsl of .31 other high rises in my 'small, 
inlimale' neighborhood. I know none of the 
255 other families in my building. People care 
deeply for their families and their jobs, and with 
the hours spent traveling and working they have 
little energy for idle friendliness. So, I can feel 
isolated in a country of six million." 

It's different, all right, but Bryant finds 
herself working for some of the same things she 
.so passionately supported in Virginia. "We need 
to train our teachers here to teach students to 
be flexible and to solve problems." Bryant 
supports a move in Hong Kong's educational 
system to teach more classes in Chinese instead 
of English, the language of business and money. 
She wholeheartedly supports efforts to upgrade 
the system and increase respect for education. 
"Working together to enhance education 
around the world is not a bad idea, either. Few 
countries are preparing their citizens to take 
part in the international community." 

Bryant notes that the political mood in 
Hong Kong is slowly swinging from colonial to 
Chinese rule, and that the two philosophies are 
moving toward a middle way. "It's too early to 
notice much change in things like censorship," 
she says. "Business in Hong Kong is rolling 
right along. Money-making is a common 
language which many companies use very well. 
Other Asian economies are suffering from a 
little downturn after many years of success, but 
China's is much more stable. So Hong Kong 
will remain solid. Average citizens of Hong 
Kong are apathetic about political ideology — 
like most Americans." 

Hong Kong now is a wonderful 
opportunity for Western business, she says. 
"The appetite for things Western continues to 
enlarge." Still, potential visitors should "do a 
little homework and learn more about Chinese 
values, and study Chinese history and language. 



"All that [ «udy here siys that China 
will take over a* the number one wortd power 
in the next century. Wc Americant mu*t view 
Chinese culture with an educated underttand- 
ing. I feel i had none of that. So my miniim '» 
to sec that it slowly happens. I am not fright- 
ened — I want to foster understanding, not fear. 
I hope to help VCU move in that direction 
when I return in 1999." The universal spirit 
knows what it wants. 

STEPHANIE SACCOME IS A COMMUNI- 
CATIONS MANAGER FOR VIRGINIA'S 
DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION 
TECHNOLOGY AS WELL AS A 
FREELANCE WRITER 





"Closed System," Ho Siu-kee. (left) 

"The object brings nvo human bodies together into 
a single closed unit, inhaling and exchanging each 
other's air. Normally you inhale oxygen and 
exhale carbon dioxide — a by-product of human 
waste. Here each person is breathing the other's 
waste. " — Ho 

"All are In\Hted," Yu Sze-Man. 

"Yii portrays Hong Kong's transfer to Mainland 
China as a symbolic and difficidt-to-digest 
banquet. . . . instead of pieces of fried fish he has 
employed pieces ofloofa, possibly as a reference to 
the deceptive layers ofidentit)' that in'// need to be 
scnd>bed away if a viable union is to be achie^rd." 
—Hobbs 




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ollege basketball coaches recruit 
^^ talent, not chemistry. They obtain 
I I personnel. They explain roles. And 
J I they hope. Maybe the pieces will fit. 
V^ , ^ Maybe not. 

They came together beautifiilly at Virginia 
Commonwealth University during the 1984- 
85 season, unquestionably the finest in Ram 
history. Coach J.D. Bamett's final team on 
Franklin Street didn't include a group of 
ftiture National Basketball Association 
players, but it achieved what many teams 
with up-and-coming pros did not. 

The Rams won the Sun Belt Conference's 
regular-season and tournament titles. Along 
the way, they rose in the national rankings, to 
unprecedented elevation for VCU, topping 
out at No. 1 1 in both wire-service polls as the 
1985 NCAA tournament began. That 
glorious season concluded with a loss to 
Alabama in the NCAA tournament's second 
round, and a 26-6 record. 

The Rams regularly drew five-figure 
crowds to the Coliseum for their Sun Beh 
games, and fans fell in love with Calvin 
Duncan '88BS/H&S, Rolando Lamb 
'86BS/E, Mike Schlegel and the rest of 
Bamett's gutsy, intelligent, well-instructed 
players. 

"Saturdays in preseason, J.D. allowed fans 
to come to practices, and you could see the 
passion in their eyes," says Duncan, 36 and 
now the youth pastor for the Richmond 
Christian Center. "These were RPI people. 
Our program came from the rough side of 
the mountain. They were Hke, 'We love this!' 
VCU had the best fans in the world." 

The Rams were talented, to be sure, but 
they broke through to college hoopdom's 
elite level because they played so well 
together. Lamb directed offense and Duncan 
worked on the wing, primarily, but Bamett's 
backcourt was highly potent because each of 
those two guards could handle the ball, shoot 
it and pass it very well. 

Schlegel is only 6'8", relatively short by 
Division I post-man standards back then. But 
his determination inside resulted in a consis- 
tent production of points and rebounds that 
taller centers couldn't top and rarely 
matched. Michael Brown and Neil Wake 
were the versatile forwards who added a 
touch of everything to VCU's game. 

"They've got rules in Division I these days 
about how many hours you can practice," 
said Duncan. "Back then, we'd come a half- 
hour early for practice and stay an hour 
after." 

If the Rams .:.f 1984-85 had "stars," 
Duncan, Lamb and Schlegel qualified. But 
their unselfishness and contributions fi^om 
the other players formed a unit that was far 
better than the sum of its parts. Bamett 
requested physical defensive effort and got it. 
"He was a perfectionist who demanded 
nothing but your best," said Duncan. "And 
when you gave him your best, he wanted 
more." 




Clockwise: Rolando Lamb '86BS/E, 
Mike Schlegel, Calvin Duncan 
'88BS/H&S, Orlando "Tubby" 
Smith, Kevin Eastman, J.D. Bamett, 
David Hobbs '72BS/E, Ron Jtrsa 



Duncan, Lamb and Schlegel were NBA 
draft picks. Some of those Rams signed pro- 
fessional contracts overseas, or in the 
Continental Basketball Association, a step 
below the NBA. What happened to the men 
who guided that fian-to-watch group, the 
coaches who molded the Rams into Division 
I's most impressive success story during the 
1984-85 season? 

Remarkable things. Barnett and each 
member of his four-man 1984-85 staff is a 
head coach in Division I. 

• Orlando "Tubby" Smith, 45, was named 
Kentucky's head coach on May 12 after 
successful stints at Tulsa and Georgia. 

• David Hobbs '72BS/E, 48, has worked as 
Alabama's head coach since 1992. 

• Kevin Eastman, 42, became Washington 
State's head coach in 1994 following head 
coaching posts at Belmont Abbey and 
UNC Wilmington. 

Ron Jirsa, 37, was appointed Smith's suc- 
cessor at Georgia a week after Smith was 
hired by Kentucky. 

Bamett, 53, now directs the program at 
Northwestern State in Natchitoches, 
Louisiana, after spending six years at 
Tulsa. 

What are the odds against five men from 
the same staff at a mid-major program such 
as VCU would simultaneously serve as 



Division I head coaches? "Astronomical" 
in the estimation of alumnus Hobbs. "It 
boggles my mind." 

Eastman, who stood out as a University of 
Richmond guard in the early 1970s, came to 
VCU vn\h coaching experience acquired at 
Richmond and Colorado State. Smith, Hobbs 
and Jirsa cut their coUege-coaching teeth at 
VCU. 

Hobbs initially asked Bamett if he could 
watch the Rams practice. Bamett was so 
impressed with Hobbs' insight and sugges- 
tions that he eventually asked Hobbs, who 
was selling sports equipment, to join his staff. 
It was Hobbs' first job as a college coach. 

Smith had played for Bamett at High 
Point College in North Carolina and had 
coached only at the high-school level when he 
got Bamett's invitation to work at VCU. 

Jirsa was working as a voltmteer in the 
basketball office at Connecticut College when 
he heard the Rams had an opening for a part- 
time coach. Jirsa's references and resimie 
looked good to Barnett, who gave Jirsa his 
first job in Division 1. 

In the summer of 1984, Jirsa replaced Jeff 
Schneider, a former Virginia Tech guard who 
left VCU's staff. Scheider is also a Division I 
head coach, at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. 

Quality coaching rubbed oft' on Duncan, 
who made it his profession for several years. 



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He served on the Virginia Union staff from 
1987 to 1989. Duncan moved to tfie CBA and 
coaclied tlie Tri-Cities Chinook in 
Kennewick, Washington from 1993 to 1995 
and was the CBA coach of the year in 1994. 
Duncan directed the Yakima Sun Kings (also 
in Washington state) during the 1995-96 
season. 

"I learned so much from J.D.," Duncan 
says. "He looked at every player as a piece of 
coal. You put so much pressure on it until it 
becomes a diamond." 

Just as Bamett's 1984-85 team had its role 
players, so did his illustrious staff. Bamett 
recalls Smith as "a people person. The kids 
loved him. Fans loved him. Tubby has the 
very unique gift of knowing the right thing to 
say at the right time. It comes natural to 
him." 

Hobbs, says Bamett, had "a vers- calm, 
soothing personality." That oftset Bamett's 
fire. Eastman was the "details person. Very 
analytical." Jirsa was "highly intelligent, 
highly motivated." 

The VCU stafthad a stem father and 
some comforting big brothers. And, as it 
turned out, each member knew his hoops. 
The hours they spent working as \'CU 
coaches were ridiculous, the most of any statt" 
he's worked with, says Barnett. 

Hobbs remembers road trips \vith wives. 
He and Smith watched so much game tape 



that they stayed in one room while their wives 
slept in another. "The one thing J.D. taught 
everybody was how to work," Hobbs says. 
"He was ver\' good at getting what he wanted 
out of people, players and coaches. He dro\'e 
all of us. We all benefited from that." 

Bamett left VCU when Tulsa offered him 
t^vice as much as he was making as Rams' 
coach. He directed Tulsa to a 107-73 record 
and was fired with three years left on his 
contract in a move he believes was based on 
politics. The Tulsa athletic director who hired 
him left for another job, and the Tulsa presi- 
dent who supported him died. Bamett's 
po\ver base evaporated. Tulsa bought out his 
contract, with the stipulation that he could 
not coach another college team for three 
years — to the benefit of Oklahoma high 
schools, where he became an athletic 
administrator. 

Bamett now hopes to do at Northwest- 
em State what he did at \'CU — turn a 
practically anonymous Di\ision I basketball 
program into one that's respected from 
coast to coast. His first first three Demon 
teams, in the Southliuid Conference, ha\e 
gone 13-14, 5-21 and 13-15. 

Still, the rankings mav not be that far 
away, if he can bring in a couple of recruit- 
ing classes that fit and find a hungr\- staft'. 
Bamett knows the fbmiula. 

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^Member of the VCUAluimii 
Association 

1 930s 

Ann Cottrell Free ('32- 
34/H&S) appeared on a recent 
episode in PBS television's series, 
"The American Experience." The 
subject was Franklin D. Roosevelt, 
and Ann knew him weO. During his 
administration and after, she was a 
Washington correspondent for the 
Herald Tribune, Newsweek and the 
Chicago Sun. 

1 950s 

Walter Bowles Jr. 'SOBS/B 

retired from CSX Transportation. 
He lives in Bonita Springs, FL. 

Allen "Sonny" Culverhouse 
'56BS/B, Lynchburg's city manager 
emeritus, is retired but not resting. 
He volunteers with Habitat for 
Humanity and Mended Hearts. He 
also does facilitation and mentoring 
at the Cooper Center for Public 
Service Management at the 
University of Virginia. He won the 
International City/County 
Management Association 
Distinguished Services Award for 
1996. 

Donald Cronan '51C/A was 
included in the first edition of 
Who's Who in the Media and 
Communications 1998-1999. 
Donald was art director in the 
advertising department of the 
American Bankers Association in 
New York City and advertising 
manager of IMC Magnetics Corp. 
in Jericho, NY. He lives in Oswego, 
NY. 

1 960s 

Susanne Arnold '63BFA 
'85MFA '89MA/A displayed 
"Buried Voices," an exhibition of 
installations combining sculpture 
and encaustic paintings, at the 
Portsmouth Arts Center in May - 
July of this year. Her work has been 
exhibited in galleries and museums 
in Virginia, North Carolina, 
Washington, DC, New York City, 
and Milan, Italy. She lives in 
Richmond. 



Jeanette Baggs '68BS/H8fS has 

been elected the Master of Divinity 
third level representative to the 
Student Assembly of Union 
Theological Seminary in Virginia. 
She also participated in the 1997 
Summer Supervised Ministry 
Program, for which she completed 
a ten week internship at 
Collierstown Presbyterian Church 
in Lexington, VA, where she lives. 

Beatrice Bush '69BFA teaches 
English and drama at Thomas 
Jefferson High School in 
Richmond. She was named 
Richmond Public Schools 1998 
Teacher of the Year. Beatrice has 
appeared in commercials and acted 
in stage plays, television movies and 
films, including Once Upon A Time 
When We Were Colored and 
Malcolm X. She lives in Richmond. 

*Rita Basse '68BM '69MME/A 
gave a concert of organ and brass 
music with the Annapolis Brass 
Quartet on May 4, 1996. She is a 
minister of music and organist at 
St. Benedict Church, Richmond, 
VA. She and her husband Gary 
GuUiksen live in Richmond. 

Maria Carroll '67MSW is an 
associate professor in the 
Department of Social Work at 
Delaware State University. She lives 
in Dover, DE. 

*Annie Mae Tureman 
Cowardin '67BS '70MEd/E was 
elected treasurer of the Hanover 
Retired Teachers Association. She 
was also elected secretary of the 
Virginia Retired Teachers 
Association-District C. She lives in 
Richmond. 

Joyce (Bly) Fletcher '69MSW is 
a medical social worker at Naples 
Community Hospital, Naples, FL, 
where she lives. 

Gerald Goodman '69BS/B is a 
manager at Phibbs, Burkholder, 
Geisert & Huffman accountants in 
Fredericksburg, VA, where he lives. 

Richard Hardy '62MS(RC)/AH 
received double honors in April, 
1997, from the Department of 
Rehabilitation Counseling, which 
created an award for him as the 



SH.^fER COURT CONNECTIONS 



Outstanding Alumnus and set up a 
scholarship in his name. He was 
dean or chair of rehabilitation 
counseling for 26 years and has 
been chair and professor emeritus 
since he retired in 1996. He pub- 
lished books and articles used world 
wide and consulted in dozens of 
countries to establish programs in 
mental health and rehabilitation. 
He lives in Richmond. 

•^Ed Livesay '65BS/B was 
promoted to division marketing 
manager for the OEM Division of 
Johns-Manville Corporation. He 
lives in Littleton, CO. 

Linda Lynch SpineUi '69BFA is 
an academic advisor for VCU's 
College of Humanities and 
Sciences. Michael Spinelli is an 
associate professor of Management 
Science in the School of Business at 
VCU. They live in Midlothian, VA. 

Thomas Marshall III '63BFA 
participated in the 1997 Summer 
Supervised Ministry Program 
through Union Theological 
Seminary. He served as a chaplain 
intern at Bon Secours St. Mary's 
Hospital in Richmond, where he 
lives. 

Roland Pifer'67BS/E has 
retired from the Worcester County 
(MD) Public School System where 
he taught language arts for 30 years. 
He lives in Ocean City, Md. 

J. David Smith '67BS/H&S 
formerly professor and chair of the 
Department of Educational 
Psychology at the University of 
South Carolina, has been appointed 
the dean of the School of Education 
and Human Services at Longwood 
College. He lives in Farmville, VA. 

Stewart Shaner '68BS/B is 
county administrator of Amherst 
County, VA. He lives in Monroe, 
VA. 

Paul Steucke '62BFA has been a 
graphic designer and artist for over 
30 years. He has designed publica- 
tions, symbols, and provided illus- 
trations and photographs for 
several large national organizations. 
The most popular are paintings and 
prints of cadets in the US Military 
Academy at West Point. Paul 
retired from the Federal 
Government in April 1994. He lives 
in Olympia, WA. 

WUliam Symons '66BSW was 
named superintendent of the 
Charlottesville School System. He 
was school superintendent in 
Johnson City, TX. He lives in 
Charlottesville, VA. 

Francis Volante '62BS '74MS/E 
is the first manager of the Virginia 

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Gateway Welcome Center, located 
off Route 301, near the bridge to 
Maryland. Francis retired from the 
Naval Surface Warfare Center in 
1989. He lives in King George, VA. 

1 970s 

*Elnora Allen '73BS 
'87MS(RC)/AH is the president of 
Physical Therapy Plus, PC. She is 
also the president of the Richmond 
chapter of the National Association 
of Women Business Ovraers 
(NAWBO). Elnora was the recipi- 
ent of the 1996 Employer of the 
Year Award, which was presented 
by the Metropolitan Business and 
Professional Women's Club. She 
lives in Richmond. 

Pedetha Arrington-Rowshan 
'74BME/A has taught music for 16 
years. She currently teaches private- 
ly out of her home in Midlothian, 
VA. 

Todd Barnes '74BMME/A is 
an elementary school music 
specialist, and choir director at 
Northumberland Elementary 
School. She also works with 
Judgment Day Refreshment Choir, 
a choir of about 80 teenagers who 
sing contemporary Christian music. 
She lives in Heathsville, VA. 

Valery Bates-Brown '74BFA 
'82MFA/A was promoted to coor- 
dinator of Freshman, General 
Education and Retention Programs 
at Virginia State University, in 
Petersburg, VA. She wiU also 
continue teaching in the 
Department of Art and Design at 
VSU. She lives in Richmond. 

»Kim Boggs '76BS/H8cS '80MD 
is a pediatrician with Highlands 
Pediatrics, PC, in Abingdon, VA, 
where she lives. 

Martin Briley'75BSW 
'82MPA/H&S was appointed 
economic development director of 
Prince William County. 

Irma Britt '76BS/E was 
inducted into the Goochland 
County Educators Hall of Fame in 
October 1996. She was a librarian at 
Beaumont Learning Center for 
twenty years, a principal and 
teacher in Louisa County for five 
years, and taught in Hanover 
County for seven years. She lives in 
Oilville, VA. 

Ned Brodsky Porges '76MBA 
was named as the number 2 sales 
agent for Century 21 -Seattle. Ned 
began as a sales agent in 1993, after 
22 years as a college professor in 
Washington State college system. 
He and his wife Barbara Brodsky 
Porges '75MSW live in Seattle. 

♦James Cobb '76BA/H8{S is a 



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REUNION '98 APRIL 24-25, 1998 



sales representative for S.P. 
Richards in KiciiiiKiiul. I le and his 
wile "Kcnney '9IMS(R{:)/AH live 
in Mechanicsville, VA. 

Sammyc (Dunn) Daou '76BS 
'95MEd/E is a media speciahst at 
Battlefield Park Elementary Schdol 
in Mechanicsville. She lives in 
Richmond. 

Karen Davis '76BS/MC won 
first place in the nonfiction hooks 
category in the 1997 Virginia Press 
Women Communications Contest. 
Her winning entry is entitled 
Somali Cats: A Complete Pet 
Owm'r's Mamial, was published by 
Barrons Educational Series. Karen's 
second book, Exotic Shorthair Cats: 
A Complete Pet Owner's Mamial 
was released by Barron's earlier this 
year. She is a senior writer at Trigon 
Blue Cross Blue Shield in Roanoke, 
VA, where she lives. 

Lynda DeLallo '79BFA is a free- 
lance designer and writer. She has 
published an article and several 
garments in Sew Beautiful 
magazine. Special Occasions '97 
issue. She lives in Syracuse, NY. 

Joyce Elkin-Gropper '77BS/E 
married Lloyd Cropper on January 
28, 1995. They adopted Alexi and 
Mischa, twins from Kansk, Russia, 
on June 4, 1997. Joyce is the 
regional sales manager for 
Supergen, Inc., a developmental 
pharmaceutical company. She lives 
in Spring Valley, NY. 



♦James Field,s '75BS/B 

'82MEd/E is a cost analyst with E I 
DuPonI in (Chattanooga, TN. lie 
lives in Soddy-Daisy, TN. 

'Deborah Fletcher '79BA/H&S 
is an attorney with Womble Carlylc 
Sandridge & Rice, PLLC. She was 
honored as one of Charlotte's Top 
2.'i Women in Business. She lives in 
Charlotte, NC. 

"Arthur Foley '70BS/B is vice 
chancellor for financial Affairs at 
the University of North Carolina at 
Asheville. Arthur was elected third 
vice president of the Southern 
Association of College and 
University Business Officers, and 
appointed vice chair of the profes- 
sional development committee for 
1997-98. He lives in Asheville, NC. 

Robin Frank '77BA/H&S is the 
assistant vice president for govern- 
mental affairs with the Healthcare 
Association of New York State. She 
lives in Clifton Park, NY. 

Lynda Furr '79MEd/E was 
promoted to Chesterfield County 
Emergency Services Coordinator. 
She lives in Chesterfield, VA. 

Jayne Gackenbach '77PhD 
'79MS/H8JS contributed research 
to a conference on consciousness 
with the Dalai Lama. Gackenbach's 
research on lucidity — its physiolog- 
ical, psychological, and transper- 
sonal dimensions — can be explored 
the book from the conference. 



Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying, 
published by Wisdom Publications. 
'Michael Gamble '78BA/H«(S 

was promoted to lieutenant colonel 
in the US Air Force. Michael was 
selected to attend the Air War 
College in residence. He and his 
wife *Susan (Garbee) Gamble 
'78BFA live at Travis AEB,CA. 

Roger Gray '74BS '82MEd/E 
was elected president of the 
Richmond Education Association. 
He teaches history and government 
at Open High School. Roger, his 
wife Margie, and their twins 
Jacqueline and Zachary live in 
Richmond. 

Mary Grimm '76BS/E graduat- 
ed from Fitchberg State College 
with a Master's degree in special 
education. She lives in Harvard, 
MA. 

Donald Hall '74BS/E married 
Julie Perkins on May 3, 1997. He 
works for Philip Morris. The couple 
lives in Midlothian, VA. 

Richard Howe '76BA/H&S has 
been promoted to vice president of 
U.S. sales for HealthScribe Inc., an 
international medical transcription 
company. He lives in Herndon, VA. 

♦William Hutton 74BS 
'79MBA/B is senior vice president 
and a commercial loan officer at 
Union Bank and Trust Company, 
in Ashland, VA. William earned a 
certificate from the Graduate 



School of Bank Managcfnent at 
Uiuisiana State University in May 
1996. He and his wife, 'Pamda 
Moore Hutton 77BS/H86 live in 
Mechanicsville, VA. 

Paul Jaber '78BS/B is lenior 
vice president of mortgage lending 
for United Federal Savings Bank in 
Rocky Mount, NC. He w« elected 
vice president of the Mortgage 
Banker Association of the 
Carolinas. He lives in Rocky 
Mount, NC. 

Linda Kattwinkel '73BFA prac- 
tices intellectual property law in 
San Francisco. She has spent the last 
two years recovering from an infec- 
tion in her spine. She was recently 
quoted about copyright laws in The 
Recorder, a legal newspaper for the 
Bay area. 

Susan MacDonald '79BM/A 
received a juris doctor degree from 
The Dickinson School of Law of 
Pennsylvania State University in 
May 1 997. She lives in 
Shepherdstown, W\'. 

Margo McLean '74BFA has 
collaborated with internationally 
known lungjan psychologist James 
Hillman on Dream Animals. The 
book of McLean's paintings and 
Hillman's writing, has been 
described as "as much a \Tsual 
voyage as it is an exercise in 
thought" Artist McLean lives and 
works in New York- 




Good Fortune. President Eugene P. 
Trani and VCU Partners Campaign 
Chair Dick Robertson '67BS/MC 

enjoy the Fortune magazine write-up 
on Richmond. 

Effective partners. Greater 
Richmond Partnership President 
Gregory Wingfield '75BS 
'76MURPH/H&S. Chair Franl< 
Bradley III and former Chair \Vij)7it' 
Sterling enjoy tlie moment. 



"New York, New York — it's a wonderful town!" But so is Rictimond. 
Fortune magazine ranks Ricfimond as one of the top 10 most improved 
cities for business. VCU and tfie Greater Rictimond Partnerstiip pitched 
Richmond-on-the-James to New York business at a reception in 
Manhattan in November. VCU Alumni Activities was there, too. to greet 
1 00 New York alumni and businesspeople. The reception showcased 
student work in print and video from VCU's new graduate Adcenter. 





Prc.-identiaL Tlic Luiy m rc^i A-isk 
} -.s-ian Trani isMicheBe 
.\ndryshak '92BS/MC former VCV 
.Tudait govcmmait president — and 
anotlier partner in VCVs progress. 

XeH- Yoricers. Ozah Khan 'SlStBA. 

.\isistant Director or' .\lur:r;: 
.\cti\itics Larry Po^^•eB 'S5BS/MC 
and Clint White '■93BAfHc-S rr.Jc 
talcs of the cit\: 



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Deborah Moser Payne 
'79BME/A is a technical trainer for 
Raytel Cardiac Services in Forest 
Hills, NY. She is a freelance trom- 
bonist in the Philadelphia area. 
Deborah was included in Wlxo's 
WJio in the East, Who's WJio in 
Medicine, and Who's Who in 
Finance and Industry. She lives in 
Philadelphia. 

*C. Michael Newman 
'78MEd/E was appointed principal 
of Brookland Middle School in 
Henrico County. He lives in Glen 
Allen, VA. 

'WiUiam O'Bier '76BS/H&S 
is a home health nurse with Bon 
Secours in Richmond, where he 
lives. 

Thomas Pankey '76BS/H&S 
was elected partner at KPMG 
Marwick LLP. Thomas works in 
the consulting practice at KPMG's 
St. Petersburg office. He lives in 
Seminole, FL. 

Eulah (Stuart) Price '78BSW 
has been appointed coordinator of 
the Radford University / Virginia 
Western Community College 
Partnership Program. She lives in 
Roanoke, VA. 

Sandra (Trott) Riddell '75BS 
'79MEd/E is an library media 
specialist at Henry D. Ward 
Elementary School in Henrico 
County. She is a 1996 winner of 
Henrico County Public School's 
Gilman Award for dedication and 
innovation in education. Sandy 
was also selected to serve on 
Nickelodeon Television's first 
Educator Panel, because she has 
integrated effectively into her class- 
room programming. She lives in 
MechanicsvUle, VA. 

*Yvette Ridley '72MS/H&S is 
1997 recipient of the Westminster- 
Canterbury Elder Service Award, 
sponsored jointly with WTVR-TV6. 
The award honors people whose 
volunteer service has enriched the 
lives of older Americans. She lives 
in Midlothian, VA. 

Edward Robson'78BS 
'84MBA/B is a staff financial 
analyst for Virginia Power. He lives 
in Richmond. 

Catherine (Cullen) Sloan 
'75BFA is a national sales represen- 
tative for Aerostar International, 
Inc. She married Gary Sloan in luly 
1997. The couple lives in Sioux 
Falls, SD. 

*Randy Strawderman '72BFA 
is the artistic director at the 
Barksdale Theatre at Willow Lawn 
in Richmond, where he lives. 



*Faye Banks Taylor '76BS/H&S 

works for Phoenix House Founda- 
tion, a drug rehabilitation program 
in New York City. She is enrolled 
in the A.M.E. Institute, the training 
arm for ministers in the A.M.E. 
Church. Faye lives in Brooklyn. 

RamonaThiss'75BSW 
'76MSW has been appointed 
information services manager at 
Tompkins-McCaw Library, VCU's 
health sciences library. She is a 
member of the Mid-Atlantic 
Chapter of the Medical Library 
Association, Richmond Metro 
Online Users League and the 
Virginia Library Association. 
She lives in Richmond. 

Harry Thompson '76BS 
'84MS/E is recreation manager in 
the Portsmouth, VA, Department 
of Parks, Recreation and General 
Services. 

Nancy Vance '74MEd/E is 
Warren County, VA's first female 
superintendent of schools. Nancy 
lives in Colonial Heights, VA. 

Michael Vest '78BS/H&S is the 
manager of C.D.Vest and 
Company, a famdy owned real 
estate company. He lives in 
Deltaville, VA. 

Susan Vignola '73MSW is a 
licensed clinical social worker. She 
has been recertified as a board certi- 
fied diplomate in clinical social 
work. Susan lives in Culpeper, VA. 

Marilyn WaUs '73BS '82MEd/E 
is a lead teacher specialist in the 
media department for Hanover 
County Public Schools. She lives 
in Glen Allen, VA. 

Harrison Williams '77BS/E is 
the pastor at ShUoh Baptist Church 
in StandardsvUle. He has been a 
teacher in Culpeper Schools for 
more than 20 years. He lives in 
Brandy Station, VA. 

*Ierry Williams '71BFA has 
created a website called "Tales 
from the Grips," featuring news of 
Richmond's film and video produc- 
tion community. The address is 
www.tvjerry.com. Jerry lives in 
Richmond. 

'Victoria Williamson '76BFA 
is a project leader for the network 
capabilities software acceptance test 
department of the business markets 
division of MCI Information 
Technologies. She lives in Colorado 
Springs, CO. 



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Jennie Alwood '85BFA married 
James "Bud" Zehmer on November 
30, 1996. Jennie managed a $3 
million collaborative exhibition 
project for the Brooklyn Children's 
Museum & Brooklyn Botanic 
Garden which opened in May 1996. 
The couple lives in Alabaster, AL. 

Donna Armstrong '88BFA and 
her husband Dale announce the 
birth of their son, Jared Dale 
Armstrong on May 5, 1997. The 
family lives in Bridgewater, VA. 

Steve Arnold '83BS/MC is the 
news editor for Florida Today, in 
Melbourne Beach, FL, where he 
lives. 

Barbara Berg '80MSW is a 
licensed social worker and psycho- 
therapist in California. She recently 
wrote WJiat To Do WJien Life Is 
Driving You Crazy, a book of practi- 
cal advice to keep stress down and 
happiness up. It has been endorsed 
by many experts, including VCU 
professor emerita. Dr. Dojelo 
Russell. 

George "Bill" Bailey '89MBA is 
the director of economic develop- 
ment for Prince George County. He 
lives in Mechanicsville, VA. 

James Bonevac '84BS '86MA/B 
is assistant vice president and group 
leader-commercial marketing and 
analysis with Signet Bank. Patti 
Bonevac '83BS/B is vice president- 
information technology services 
product support with Signet Bank. 
The couple lives in Richmond. 

Richard Bordelon '89BS/B is a 
marketing representative for 
Richmond Goodwill Industries, 
Inc. He was appointed to the Board 
of Trustees for the Virginia War 
Memorial Foundation by Governor 
Allen. He lives in Mechanicsville, 
VA. 

Monique Braxton '8 IBS 
'84MS/MC is an anchor at D.C. 
News Channel 8. She has received 
awards from Virginia Press 
Women, the National Academy of 
Television Arts and Sciences, and 
the D.C. SAFE KIDS Coahtion. 

Kenneth Bunch '89BS/MC 
is a communications specialist 
with the Rappahannock Electric 
Cooperative. 

■♦Rudy Burgess '80BS 
'86MBA/B has accepted the 
position of administrator of the 
cardiology division at Mother 
Francis Hospital Regional Health 
Care Center in Tyler, TX. 

John Carter '84MBA was 
elected senior vice president - 
law and employee relations with 



Lawyers Title Insurance Corpora- 
tion. He lives in Richmond. 

Rees Chapman '87MS '91 PhD/ 
H8cS is a clinical psychologist with a 
private practice in GainesvUle, GA, 
where he lives. He has extended his 
practice to an office in Dahlonega, 
GA. 

Christopher Chase '89MFA/A 
exhibited "Chris Chase; Recent 
Works" from August through 
September 13, 1997 at the 
Peninsula Fine Arts Center in 
Newport News, VA. He lives in 
Richmond. 

Stuart Chase '80BFA was 
named the director of the Rockwell 
Museum, in Corning, NY. He is 
also a councillor of the Museum 
Association of New York. 

■^ Anita (Taylor) Chastain 
'81BFA married Kenneth Chastain 
on June 14, 1997. Anita is a space 
planner for the American Red Cross 
in Falls Church, VA. The couple 
lives in Alexandria, VA. 

Karen Clark '87BFA married 
Sidney Evans on May 3, 1997. The 
couple lives in Charlotte, NC. 

■^Trotter Collier '83BS/B is an 
appraisal coordinator for General 
American Corp. in Glen Allen, VA. 
He lives in Richmond. 

PhiUp "Ted" Costin '86MURP/ 
H&S was hired as the Greensville 
County Planning director in March 
1997. He and his wife, Marian, live 
in Greenville County, VA. 

Betrina Darazsdi '88BFA mar- 
ried Kirby Snively on February 19, 
1997. She works for Maho Bay 
Camps, Inc. in the US Virgin 
Islands. The couple lives in Harbor 
Springs, Michigan, and St. John, 
Virgin Islands. 

Collins Denny IV '87BS/B is 
engaged to marry Mary Webster. 
Collins works for Broughton 
Systems, Inc. He lives in Richmond. 

*Richard Diehl '89BS/B was 
appointed systems manager-elec- 
tronic commerce with Lawyers Title 
Insurance Corporation. He lives in 
Midlothian, VA. 

Cynthia Doolan '88BFA has 
been promoted to an associate 
position with Hummel Associates, 
which specializes in commercial 
and medical space planning and 
interior architecture. She was the 
designer behind the project that 
won the first place award/corporate 
division in the Virginia Chapter of 
the American Society of Interior 
Designers '97 Design Specialty 
Awards for Hummel Associates. 

Peter Drummond '86BFA is 
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Branding in Montreal, Quebec, 
Canada. He and liis wife, [ulie l.a 
Traverse, iiave two children, Sise 
and (^hristophe. The family lives in 
Wcstmount, (Canada. 

Cindy Dutton '89C/H&S is ihe 
director of the (^uba (jrculaling 
Library in Cuba, NY, where she 
lives. 

Ann Easterling '82BS/H&S has 
left the .Science Museum of Virginia 
to pursue a Masters of Arts degree 
in Museum .Studies at University 
College, London, England. 

Lisa Edwards-Burrs '84BM 
'94MM/A won the Carson Silver 
Medal and second prize in the 1997 
American Traditions Competition, 
in March. She is an opera singer 
who lives in Richmond. 

Ronald Epperly'SOMA/B 
earned a doctor of education in 
educational administration from 
Virginia Tech in May 1997. He is 
the assistant superintendent of 
Martinsville schools and lives in 
Martinsville, VA. 

Donna (Williams) Feller 
'81BS/H&S is a principal software 
applications developer for Boston 
Technology in Wakefield, MA. She 
lives in Burlington, MA. 

Prasad Giri '80MS/B is a 
systems engineer at United Airlines 
Executive Offices. He is the project 
leader of Offshore Development, 
and architect of Logan Airport, 
Boston. Jacqueline (Lee Peet) 
Giri '80BFA is vice president at 
GA International, Inc. GAI is a 
software development company 
that has a free resume/job listing 
service on the internet called Jobs- 
Online.Com. The couple lives in 
Elk Grove, IL. 

Robert Gogal '82BS/H8;S is a 
research scientist at Virginia Tech. 
He and his wife Nancy Gogal 
'82BS(RC)/AH celebrated the birth 
of their son, Jonathan Lee, on April 
7, 1997. They live in Buchanan, VA. 

'Harold Greenwald '82BM/A 
is an graduate school admissions 
counselor at VCU. He lives in 
Richmond. 

♦Kathleen Grzegorek '82BA/ 
H&S is an attorney with her own 
law office in Los Angeles, CA. She is 
certified as a specialist in immigra- 
tion and nationality law by the State 
Bar of California Board of Legal 
Specialization. 

Cathy Hemdon '80MAE/A is a 
teacher at Walker-Grant Middle 
School in Fredericksburg. She was 
named 1997 Geico Educator of the 
Year. Cathy was also the featured 
artist in shows at Riverby's Gallery 



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Pam Dufour '90MSB 
Bob Dufour '88MS/B 

BY KATHLEEN COLEMAM THOMAS 

Pam and Bob Dufour have competed against 
each other for years. 

Not in their marriage, but in their jobs at 
rival companies in the bank card industry. 
Clients visiting Pam's office often notice Bob's 
picture and sometimes comment, "I know that 
guy." And some glance at her business card and 
ask, "Do you know Bob Dufour?" 

Fortunately their Richmond-based employ- 
ers have defined their own niches. Bob's company. National Card Control Inc., focuses on providing credit card 
incentive programs to financial companies, while Pam's company. World Access Service Corp., provides services to 
insurers, bank card companies, travel agencies and consumer products companies. 

The couple met working at Crestar Bank in Richmond. Bob left Crestar in 1989 to join NCCI, and Pam 
became marketing director at world Access in 1991. Early on, their companies often competed for accounts — 
something they didn't discuss until after business was awarded. "Our big challenge at the time was to support 
each other's careers, but to be very careful about what information we shared," Pam says. 

More recently, competitive issues have diminished. NCCI provides financial institutions with incentive 
programs for credit cards like ft-equent flier services and card registration. With card registration, one call to 
NCCI will notify all the credit card companies of a new address or cancel the cards if they're lost or stolen. 

World Access provides services for several client programs, including enhancement programs for gold card 
members — car rental insurance, purchase insurance, warranty programs, baggage coverage and travel assistance. 
"We're an inbound teleservice company — meaning we have literally hundreds of 800 numbers where clients ring 
in," Pam says. "People call us for information about their benefits, about travel insurance or assistance, or to file a 
claim or ask a question about a claim." 

Both executives climbed the corporate ladder fairly rapidly. Bob joined XCCI as assistant vice president of sales. 
Within six years, in 1995, he replaced the outgoing president. 

How did he do it? As he tells students he mentors in Goochland Count)' Schools, "I have a natural curiosit)' 
and desire to learn. I like to read and to investigate things," he says. "Secondly, I really enjoy what I do. I think it 
makes a difference if you look forward to going into work in the morning. And I've also been fortunate with a 
good educational background. I was blessed with some really good instruaors who took an interest in me." 

Bob, 42, was the only one of six chOdren to graduate from college — Western Michigan University' in 
Kalamazoo, with a triple major in biology, psychology and business management. After that, he pursued a doaor- 
ate in industrial psychology at the University of Tennessee. He had finished everything but his dissertation wben 
he ran out of money and accepted a iob at the National Bank of Detroit. 

He never wrote that dissertation; but after moving to Richmond and getting a job at Crestar, he rettimed to 
VCU to get a master's in business. "I realized at Crestar that my business skills weren't what they needed to be. I 
thought I could go back and take selective courses, but my experience said I needed to have a goal to strive for. 
VCU's MBA program gave me a very wide \iew of the business marketplace across a lot of disciplines. That has 
been invaluable in my job right now." 

Meanwhile, Pam has moved from marketing director up to senior vice president at World .Access. She agrees 
with Bob that the varieU' in the MB.A program has served her well. "As you move up in management, it becomes 
more and more important competitively to have an ad\anced degree," she says. "WTiile you probably remember 
fewer details than you would like, the concepts you bring back are invaluable. The more you work, the more tou 
realize how much you took from your education. Not only the business concepts like financial cost accounting, 
marketing, data collection tor forecasting and business decision making, but also the analytical and writing skills.' 

If all goes as planned, the Dufours' paths on their own journeys should converge again. National Card Control 
wQl outsource a bundle of services to World Access. Since Pam's iob at World .\ccess involves overseeing ser\ice 
deliver)', she is ultimately responsible for that work. 

Their personalit)' strengths should work together well in the new arrangement According to Myers-Brisgs, 
Bob, an ENFP, thrives on the conceptual while Pam, an ESFI, excels at getting a job done responsihk and 
efficiently. His company is known for inno\'ation in product development while hers has garnered a reputation 
for outstanding customer service. 

"We came up with the product and looked at what our strengths and \ision were and decided it »«s a better 
fit for Pam's company," Bob says. "And it's in keeping with our personal strengths. I tend to like to read and find 
new things to do. Pam tends to take things and want to do them really well." 

KATHLEEN THOMAS IS A CONSUMER COLUMt>JIST FOR THE RICHMOND Tl M E S -D I S PATCH AHD 
A FREELANCER IN THE RICHMOND AREA. 



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and Fre Juis, France. She lives in 
Fredericksburg, VA. 

Sheila HiU-Christian '81BA/ 
H&S was appointed director of the 
Virginia Department of luvenile 
Justice by Governor Allen. She lives 
in Richmond. 

'Elizabeth (Porter) Johnson 
'80BA/H&S and her husband Frank 
celebrated their fifth year of owner- 
ship of The Galley Restaurant in 
Deltaville, VA. 

Krister Jolinson '89BFA is a 
doctoral candidate at University of 
Virginia. Since the fall of 1996, he 
has been on a DAAD Fellowship in 
Magdeburg, Germany researching 
his dissertation. Krister is due back 
in the states in June 1998. 

Laura Kellam '85BM/A earned 
a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 
from the Virginia and Maryland 
Regional College of Veterinary 
Medicine at Virginia Tech in May 
1997. She has begun an internship 
at the University of Guelph Ontario 
Veterinary College in Ontario, 
Canada. 

*Dwayne King '84BS/H&S 
married Andrea Stein on October 
12, 1996. He works for MCI in San 
Francisco, CA, where the couple 
lives. 

Tasha (Decker) Knob '85MSW 
is the clinical coordinator of 
Admissions at The Renfrew Center 
in Philadelphia, PA. The center is a 
facility that focuses on women's 
mental health issues. She lives in 
Swarthmore, PA. 

Kathleen Lavinka '86BS/B 
married Wayne V^^issler on January 
4, 1997. She is a contracting officer 
with the U.S. Department of the 
Treasury in Washington, DC. The 
couple lives in Bel Air, MD. 



Deborah Layman '87MEd/E 

was honored vvdth the Young 
Alumnus Award from Bridgewater 
College. She is a 1983 alumnus of 
the coUege. She was honored for the 
active role she has taken as an 
advocate for young people and 
excellence in her work in strength- 
ening family life. Deborah lives in 
Glen Allen, VA. 

Audrey Lowery '85MEd/E was 
inducted into the Gamma Nu 
Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma 
Society, an association of women 
educators. She has been a teacher at 
Page Middle School in Gloucester 
County for the past seven years. 
Audrey supervises cognitive 
teaching workshops for several 
school districts and is a facilitator 
for "Developing Capable People" 
seminars. She lives in Irvington, 
VA. 

Nathan MacDicken '88BFA 
was the grand prize winner of the 
"Second Time Around" comic 
poster contest conducted by Wizard 
Magazine. The winning poster is in 
Wizard Magazine's February (#69) 
issue. Nathan is a freelance illustra- 
tor in McLean, VA. 

Kathryn (Combs) Macllwaine 
'89MEd/E and her husband *R. 
Allen Macllwaine '83DDS cele- 
brated the birth of their daughter 
Gretchen Fielding on February 12, 
1997. The family lives in Richmond. 

Rosalind Mandler '78BS/H8{S 
'86MS(RC)/AH has opened her 
own office of mental health coun- 
seling in Merritt Island, PL. She 
specializes in adolescents, marital, 
trauma and addictions counseling. 
She and her children, Michael and 
Amy Joy, live in Cocoa Beach, FL. 

Rebekah Maul '89BS/H&S 
married K. Wayne Glass on April 



PHI KAPPA PHI HONORS ALUMNUS 

VCU's chapter of National Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi has chosen 
Jody McWilliams Jr. '71MSW as its 1997 alumni initiate from the 
academic campus. McWilliams became executive director at William 
Byrd Community House in Richmond's Oregon Hill neighborhood right 
after graduation — and he's been making a difference ever since. 
Twenty-five years ago, the agency primarily served families in Oregon 
Hill. McWilliams expanded and integrated city programs that now serve 
families from Randolph, Maymont, and the Main and Gary Street corri- 
dors as well. William Byrd's emergency assistance reaches families in 
the entire Metro area, and the center now serves more than 3,500 
children and adults even/ year. 

McWilliams has committed his life to "working in partnership with 
individuals, families, and neighborhoods enabling them to take more 
control over their future by becoming better problem solvers." 
Phi Kappa Phi's VCU Chapter chooses an alumnus with significant 
professional achievement from each campus for membership each 
year. For information about the society, contact Dr. Robert Holsworth 
(president) at (804) 828-8033 or Dr. Robert Davis (executive director) 
at (804) 828-7462. 



26, 1997. She is the pastor of Buena 
Vista Presbyterian Church. The 
couple lives in Staunton, VA. 

LisaMcKeer84BA/H&S 
was appointed director of the 
Department of Criminal Justice 
Services by Governor George Allen. 
She lives in Richmond. 

Katherine McKinnon '81MBA 
is a specialist with BeUSouth 
Telecommunications. She lives 
in Oxford, GA. 

*Veda McMuUen '82BS/MC 
was named manager of the 
Community Video Center in 
WiOiamsburg, VA. The center is a 
partnership between James City 
County, the City of Williamsburg 
and Cox Communications to 
program the local access television 
channels. 

Michael C. McPhee '89BS/H&S 
is director of information services 
for Quast Transfer, Inc. in Winsted, 
MN. He lives in Minnetonka, MN. 

*Marie Millard '85BS '95MPA/ 
H8{S is an associate warden at 
Greensville Correctional Center in 
Jarratt, VA. She lives in Petersburg, 
VA. 

Michael Miller '89MBA is the 
president of Michael G. Miller & 
Associates. The company was 
named to the Rising 25, an annual 
list of the Richmond area's fastest 
growing companies. He lives in 
Richmond. 

Charles Pannunzio '87BS/MC 
is a staff writer with the Daily 
News-Record in Harrisonburg, VA. 
Charles has won 16 Virginia Press 
Association awards in nine years, 
the latest of which was a first place 
award in sports feature writing. He 
lives in Luray, VA. 

*John Payne '89PhD/E is 
the pastor/head-of-staff at St. 
Stephen Presbyterian Church in 
Chatsworth, CA, where he lives. 

Anne Petera '84BS/B is the 
chair of the Virginia Alcoholic 
Beverage Control Board. She 
was also elected as vice chair of 
The State Board for Community 
Colleges. She lives in Mechanics- 
ville, VA. 

Jane (Barker) Phillips '86BS/E 
is a stay-at-home mom. She has 
one son, Charles Joseph, born in 
September 1996. They live in 
Richmond. 

Mark Plymale '80BA/H8cS 
married Wendy Cole on December 
14, 1996. Mark works for Frazee 
Paint and the Padres baseball team. 
The couple lives in San Diego, CA. 



Laura (Liverman) Powell 
'88BFA is the executive art director 
for Atlantic Coast Advertising, Inc. 
in Wilimington, NC, where she 
lives. 

Oona (Przygocki) Powell 
'86MIS/NTS is a floodplain man- 
agement specialist with the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency in 
Atlanta, GA. 

Laura Quine '88BS/MC is a 
research manager with KIDSNET, a 
national non-profit organization 
that tracks children's educational 
television, radio and multi-media. 
She lives in Fairfax, VA. 

Michael Rawlings '84BS/MC 
graduated from the Defense 
Information School (DINFOS) 
basic journalism course at Fort 
George G. Meade, Laurel, MD. He 
is a sergeant in the Air National 
Guard. 

Eric Reese '82C/B works for 
PAFF USA Inc., a German com- 
pany that makes industrial sewing 
machines for clothing manufac- 
turers. "Since NAFTA, our sales 
have gone south — to Puerto Rico, 
Guatemala," he comments. 

*Margaret (Bradley) Reynolds 
'84BS/MC'91MEd/Eisthe 
employer development specialist 
at the VCU Career Center. She 
lives in Maidens, VA. 

J.M. "Jack" Robeson Jr. 
'86MBA was promoted to vice pres- 
ident at the Bank of Essex. Jack lives 
in Mechanicsville, VA with his wife 
Sarah and their two children. Jay 
and Sarah. 

Edgar Roca '88BA/H8cS is an 
instructor of Hispanic Studies at 
Connecticut College in New 
London, CT, where he lives. 

*Susan Roschke '89MURP/ 
H8cS earned a PhD in sociology 
from CorneO University. She is an 
assistant professor of sociology at 
Bradley University in Peoria, IL, 
where she lives. 

Robin Ross '84BS/E married 
Linwood Branch, III on June 17, 
1997. Robin works for USAirways. 
The couple lives in Virginia Beach, 
VA. 

Diego Sanchez '88BFA 
'90MFA/A was the featured artist in 
an exhibition at Mary Baldwin 
College's Hunt Gallery in March 
1997. He is on the art faculty of 
Virginia Union University and lives 
in Richmond. 

Dywana Saunders-Confroy 
'81BFA and her husband, William 
Confroy Jr,. announce the arrival of 
their twin sons Liam Harrison and 
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May 27, 1997. The family lives in 
Richmond. 

Diane Schneider '89BS/MC 

is a marine safety specialisl at ihe 
Uniled Slates Coast (iuard Head- 
i|uarlers in Washington, 1)(1 She 
lives in Arlington, VA. 

Jennifer (Sands) Scott '85 
BS/MC is a freelance writer with 
her own company, Craighead 
Communications in Great Falls, 
VA, where she lives. She had an 
article published in Bminess 
Philiuklphin ahout a state spon- 
sored pollution program, lennifer 
is also doing regular feature articles 
for Virginia Builder, North Carolina 
Builder and Louisiana Builder 
magazines. 

♦Louise Seals '83BS/MC is 
managing editor of the Richmond 
Times-Dispatch. She was named the 
1997 Communicator of Achieve- 
ment by the Virginia and National 
Federation of Press Women. Louise 
lives in Richmond. 

Julie Sears '88BS/B has joined 
MainStreet BankGroup, Inc. as 
assistant vice president, corporate 
taxes. She lives in Ridgeway, VA. 

Wayne Shelor '8 1 B A/H&S is 
the pastor of Salem Evangelical 
Lutheran Church. He attended 
Lutheran Theological Southern 
Seminary, and did clinical work at 
the Medical College of Virginia. He 
lives in Mount Sidney, VA. 

Kathryn Shoemaker '89BS/MC 
married George Gumming on 
April 12, 1997. She is an account 
manager with Target Marketing in 
Richmond, where the couple lives. 

*Paul Silverman '88BS/H&S is 
a research scientist with Abbott 
Laboratories in North Chicago, IL. 
He lives in Elkton, IL. 

Kermit Skinner Jr. '88BS/H8(S 
married Darlene Hele on May 17, 
1997. Kermit is town manager of 
Manteo, NC. 

Brian Sklute '86BM/A was 
promoted to sergeant first class in 
the U.S. Army. He is euphonium 
player with the U.S. Continental 
Army Band at Fort Monroe, 
Hampton, VA. 

Eddie Smith '81BS/B is a senior 
programmer analyst at VCU. 

CDR. David Stansbury 
'80BS/B is serving in the Persian 
Gulf aboard the aircraft carrier USS 
Nimitz, which is enforcing a no-fly 
zone over southern Iraq. The USS 
Nimitz will return to Norfolk, VA 
in March when its deployment is 
finished. 

Roderick "Ricky" Stokes 
'88MEd/E is the assistant basketball 




coach at the University of Virginia. 
He lives in Charlottesville, VA. 

Janice Stoudemire '80BS/B 
is an accounting instructor at 
Midlands Technical College in 
Columbia, SC. She was honored 
as Outstanding Faculty Member 
for the Southern Region by the 
Association of Community College 
Trustees. Janice lives in Lexington, 
SC. 

Wes Terry Jr. '80MS/H8tS 
is a major in the Henrico County 
Sheriffs Office. He lives in Amelia, 
VA. 

* Jeffrey Vaughan '81BS/B was 
elected executive vice president- 
commercial and national opera- 
tions with Lawyers Title Insurance 
Corporation. He lives in Richmond. 

Dale Van Ness '83BA/H&S is a 
minister at First Presbyterian 
Church in Lexington MS. He is 
married to Jody (Greer) Van Ness 
•8IBS(RC)/AH. The couple lives in 
Lexington. 

KeUi (Leiter) VoUes '87BFA is a 
graphic designer with America 
Online. Kelli lives in Ashburn, VA. 

*Dana Ward '8 IBS '86MBA/B 
was elected to vice president, south- 
east sales manager with Law)'ers 
Title Insurance Corporation. Dana 
lives in New Orleans, LA. 

Derrick Washington '88BS/B 
is engaged to Yvonne Ackers. 
Derrick works for the administra- 
tive office of the United States 
Courts in Washington, DC, and 
lives in Woodbridge, VA. 

Diane Wilkerson '87BS/H8cS 
has opened up her photography 
business. She takes portraits on 
location. Diane lives in Coronado, 
CA. 

DawnWUson'87MSWisa 
social worker with Viwa Renal 
Care. She was chosen Social Worker 
of the Year by the \'irginia Chapter 
of the National .Association of 



RPI Stalwarts. Classes of '46 and '47 
gather at the 50 Year Alumni Club 
Breakfast. 

Don't feel like dancin'. talking with 
friends, African American Alumni 
Council DC member Jackie Tunstall 
Bynum '82BS/H&S (center) doesni 
mind snting this one out. 



Social Work. Dawn is a licensed 
clinical social worker with 17 years 
of experience in mental health and 
mental retardation. Dawn and her 
family live in Covington, \'A. 

Nancy Wingfield '89MSW 
earned her doctoral degree in 
family studies from Virginia Tech. 
She is an assistant professor in the 
social work program at Mansfield 
Universit)' in Pennsylvania. 

Jeffrey Woodson '83MPAy 
H&S was appointed director of 
Richmond's Department of Parks, 
Recreation and CommuniU' 
Facilities. He lives in Richmond. 

*Priscilla Woody '80BS/H&S is 
an attorne)' with McEachin & Gee 
in Richmond, \'A. 

Joseph Wright '84BS/H8cS 
earned a doctorate in clinical psv- 




Our Year. Sari Pearson BS Hc-S, 
Patricia Adams BS MT .\H and 
Dorothy Burger BSW. Chiisof'47. 

re^ncmhcr 




Home and hearth. Charter manbcrs ofthc "40 Year Alumni Club' at 
Rincr-Hickok House— Ed Peeples '57BST, Peggy Foley '95MSW. Wa)TU 
Blanchard '55BPA. DickAtha- '57BFA. and Alice Grofes Hanson '57B&'B. 



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chology from Virginia Tech. He 
is a postdoctoral fellow in clinical 
psychology at the University of 
Pennsylvania Center for Cognitive 
Therapy in Philadelphia, PA. 

Daniela D. Wyatt '84BFA owns 
Perly's Restaurant in downtown 
Richmond, closed since a fire. 
Daniela is renovating and plans to 
reopen in March. 

1 990s 

Lynne Acker '94BS/H&S 

is a junior international portfolio 
trader with UBS Securities LLC in 
New York City, NY. She lives in 
Hoboken, Nl. 

Claudia Arnold '93BA/H&S 
is the assistant director of Prospect 
Research at the University of 
Richmond. She lives in Richmond. 

Robin Autry '97BS/H&S is an 
office services specialist with the 
Department of Criminal lustice 
Services. She lives in Richmond. 

Jonathan Bartee '96BS/MC 
married Lorie Menk '96BS/H&S on 
May 24, 1997. Jonathan works for 
the Democratic Party of Virginia. 
Lorie is a (1998) MEd candidate at 
the University of Virginia. The 
couple lives in Staunton, VA. 

Sonda "Cherie" Beale '91BSW 
is a social worker with the Bath 
County Department of Social 
Services. In March 1997, Cherie 
received her fifth year pin from the 
Virginia Department of Social 
Services. She is engaged to Rodney 
Wallace and lives in Hot Springs, 
VA. 

Tim Beime '94BS/H&S '97MD 
married Renee (Serra) Beime 
'95BS/H&S on June 20, 1997. Tim 
is a family medicine resident at 
Chippenham Medical Center in 
Richmond, where the couple lives. 

Carol (Stolarczyk) BeU '90BS/B 
earned a Master of Business 
Administration degree from the 
Darden School at the University of 
Virginia. Carol works for Merck 
and Company, Inc. in Whitehouse, 
NJ. 

John Bielik '91MFA/A is an 
artist, teacher, and freelance graphic 
designer. John is developing a cur- 
riculum for Taproots School of the 
Arts, a not-for-profit commu 'tv 
art school in Saint Louis, where i :■ 
lives. The school has begun a 
reading and writing program called 
Literacy Through the Arts, which 
encourages literacy through various 
learner-centered, art-related tasks. 

Diana Bierly '94BS/B married 
Brian Gammon on May 3, 1997. 



She is a CPA, and the senior 
accounting analyst at H. Lee Moffit 
Cancer Center & Research Institute 
in Tampa, FL, where the couple 
lives. 

Shelley Birdsong '92BA/H&S 
through her employer. Horizon 
Research Consuhants, Inc., partici- 
pated in West Virginia University's 
first archeology field school at 
Blennerhassett Island State Park. At 
WVU, Shelley is site docent, press 
coordinator, artifact interpreter and 
instructor. Blennerhassett Island 
State Park, in Parkersburg, houses 
Blennerhassett Mansion, infamous 
in American history as the location 
of Aaron Burr's Conspiracy. She 
lives in Morgantown, WV. 

Sheri Blanks '94BS/B is a DJ for 
WMXB- 103.7 in Richmond. Her 
band, Burst Into Flames, has a 
record contract with Planetary 
Records. Their second album was 
released in May 1997. Sheri lives in 
Richmond. 

Edward Boak '91BS/B and his 
wife, Dori (Carlstrom) Boak 
'92BA/H8fS celebrated the birth of 
their first child, Hayden Edward, on 
May I, 1997. They live in Burke, 
VA. 

Edward Boyce III '91BA/H&S 
received a Master of Divinity from 
Union Theological Seminary in 
June 1996. He completed one unit 
of Clinical Pastoral Education at 
McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical 
Center in August 1997. Ed lives in 
Richmond. 

*Amy Bradley '96MEd/E 
married Harold Burcham, II on 
August 3, 1996. Amy is a special 
education teacher for Sussex 
County Public Schools. The couple 
lives in Colonial Heights, VA. 

Joan Branscome '96MT/E 
married Julian Malcolm on 
May 24, 1997. The couple lives 
in Fredericksburg, VA. 

Phyllis Braxton '91BS(RC)/AH 
married Asgeir Bernardin on 
December 28, 1996. Phyllis is 
director at Families Foremost 
Center in Silver Spring, MD. She is 
also enrolled in the doctoral 
program at George Washington 
University. The couple lives in 
Washington, DC. 

Dolores Bray '96BS/B is trafiic 
manager / production assistant at 
Reed Advertising, Marketing and 
Public Relations. She lives in 
Richmond. 

*Jennifer Brewer '96BFA is a 
graphic designer with the Ken 
Roberts Company. Some of 
Jennifer's works were displayed in 



Virginia Commonwealtl 




"First, like winat you're doing. But it's also very important to pick a 
company where you fit the corporate culture." It was SRO on 
November 20 when 500 students listened to four top Richmond 
executives tell them how to prepare for the business world of the 21 st 
century. The School of Business hosted an Executive Panel of Bill 
DeRusha '76BS/B, chair and CEO of Heilig-Meyers Furniture Co.; 
Allen King '77BS/B. president of Universal Corporation; Steve Markel, 
vice chair of Markel Corporation; and Stuart Siegel, chair of S&K 
Famous Brands. President Eugene Trani hosted a reception for 
them afterwards. 



the show "Intro to Media 
Philosophy" at the Laughing Clam 
Restaurant in Grants Pass, OR, 
where she lives. 

MarkBrodie'94BA/H&S 
earned a Masters of Arts degree in 
American Studies from The 
University of Hawaii. He is 
pursuing a Master's in English at 
Clemson University in South 
Carolina. 

Chris Brower '93BA/H&S, 
VCU's all-time leading three point 
shooter, was named assistant coach 
of Men's Basketball at Lander 
University. He is also a staff assis- 
tant in the university's student 
affairs office. He lives in 
Greenwood, SC. 

F. Allen Bryant '96BS/B is 
engaged to Sarah Castlebury. Allen 
works at the Senate of Virginia. 
They planned a November, 1997 
wedding. 

Kimberly Butler '95BSW 
married Joseph G. Rhone on April 
5, 1997. Kim works for Fair Oaks 
Hospital, Herndon, VA. 

Laura Canfield '94MEd/E 
married James Glass on August 9, 
1997. She is a teacher in Hanover 
County Public Schools. They live in 
Richmond. 

Thomas Casey '92BS/B works 
for Winstar Telecommunications. 
He lives in Alexandria, VA. 

Wilham Casler '93BFA is a first 
lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He 
has undergone primary flight 
training with Helicopter Training 



Squadron Eight, Naval Air Station 
Whitting Field, Milton. FL. He has 
completed his first solo flight. 

Cindy Catella '90BFA married 
Charles Dnmmiond III '93MD on 
June 28, 1997. Cindy is a PhD can- 
didate in the field of Instructional 
Technology and Design at North 
Carolina State University. Charles 
is a surgical resident at University 
of Maryland. The couple lives in 
Baltimore. 

William Chambers '95BA/ 
H&S is an programmer / analyst 
for the State of Texas, Office of 
Court Administration. He lives 
in Austin, TX. 

''Janna Cohen '91BS/B is senior 
accountant manager for Ashland 
Chemical Company in Delran, NJ. 
She lives in Cherry Hill, NJ. 

■^Katherine Coleman '96BS/ 
H&S married Edward Ruse Jr. on 
March 15, 1997. Katherine is a 
math teacher at St. Mary's Star of 
the Sea School. The couple lives in 
Norfolk, VA. 

Laura (Rosebro) Cormer 
'96MSW married Jeffrey Conner on 
May 24, 1997. Laura works for Blue 
Ridge Community Services. The 
couple lives in Roanoke, VA. 

Wesley Crable '92MBA is the 
interim senior vice president and 
chief operating officer at the 
Medical College of Virginia 
Hospitals. He lives in Richmond. 

Richard Craig '90BA/H&S 
'94MS(RC)/AH is engaged to Traci 
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Medical. A November wedding is 
planned. 

Su.san (Cahoon) Crcccy 
'91BS/MC was promoted to 
senior a.s.sociate at (ioldman and 
As.sociates in Norfolk. She lives in 
PortsmoLitli, VA. 

Kathy Crowdcr '97BFA is assis- 
tant art director for Times Mirror 
[Outdoor Life). She lives in New 
York City. 

Mark Daniel '95BA/H&S 
married Catherine Casteel '94BS/ 
H&Son|une7, 1997. Mark is 
studying at Western New England 
School of Law. c;atherine works for 
Capital One. The couple lives in 
Springfield, MA. 

Terrence Daniels '94BGS/NTS 
is an inside sales representative tor 
General Electric. He lives in King of 
Prussia, PA. 

Nancy Daugherty '90BFA is a 
master carpenter/scenic artist with 
The Self Family Arts Center in 
Hilton Head Island, SC. 

Carl B. Davis '92BS/B is CEO 
of Hanover Trading Partners, Inc. 
This fledgling company has several 
business units, involved in retail 
consumer products, Internet-based 
electronics, and the export of bulk 
medical supplies to Africa. He lives 
in Arlington, VA. 

Caroline Cooper Davis '93BS/E 
was hired as a program coordinator 
for regional education with the 
Hampton Roads Chamber of 
Commerce. She lives in Norfolk, 
VA. 

Brendan Di Bona married 
*Kimberly Finney both '96BFA on 
July 20, 1 996. Kim is pursuing a 
Master's degree in design at North 
Carolina State University. The 
couple lives in Raleigh, NC. 

Cynthia Dixon '97MBA/A 
married Jeremy Schuchert on 
January 1 1, 1997. The couple lives 
in Virginia Beach, VA. 

Margery Dronsick '93MSW is a 
licensed clinical social worker at 
Columbia Lewis-Gale Counseling 
Centers of the New River Valley. 
She lives in Rural Retreat, VA. 

Kristine Downing '94BA/ 
H&S is the president of VivaWeb 
Internet Consuhing. She lives in 
San Francisco, CA. 

S. Franklin Dunn '93BS/H&S 
and Erica Davis-Dunn '93BS/MC 
were married on September 14, 
1996. Frank is a juvenile probation 
officer with Richmond Juvenile and 
Domestic Relations District Court. 
Erica is the marketing specialist for 
Database Solutions Company, in 
Richmond. The couple lives in 
Henrico County. 



Heather Ealcy'96BFA is a 

graphic designer with Landmark 
Communications, Inc. She lives in 
Richmond. 

'Clint Edwards '90BS/H«(S 
wrote the iiiloo, a book ol poems 
published in 1996. (dint is a substi- 
tute teacher in Spotsylvania (bounty 
Public Schools and lives in 
Spotsylvania, VA. 

Lisa Endy '95MSW married 
Jeffrey Clevinger on October 12, 

1996. Lisa is a psychiatric social 
worker at Potomac Hospital. The 
couple lives in Dale Cjly, VA. 

Sheree (Datson) Fickiin 
'92BS/B is administrative director/ 
meeting planner with the Virginia 
Association for Home Care. She 
lives in Glen Allen, VA. 

John Flikeid '92BA/H&S is 
the city manager for IKON Office 
Solutions in Bethesda, MD. He lives 
in Reston, VA. 

Rebecca Flynn '91BS/B married 
Christopher Whitby on April 19, 

1 997. The couple was married 
aboard the Annabel Lee. Rebecca is 
a Supervisor at Best Vi'estern 
Hanover House in Ashland, VA. 
The couple lives in Richmond. 

-Freddie FuUer '93BS/H&S 
married *Alitasha Courtney 
'96BS/B on June 21, 1997. Freddie 
is the assistant general manager for 
the Prince George County Transit 
System. The couple lives in Adelphi, 
MD. 

Judith Giannini '80BFA is a 
sales representative for her com- 
pany Giannini and Talent. Judi 
has photographs on display at the 
Artscene Gallery in Washington. 
She lives inMcLean.VA. 

KimGick'96BS/BA/H&S 
married Carol Marker on May 31, 
1997. Kim is a merchandising 
crew leader for PIMMS in Stafford 
County. The couple lives in 
Fredericksburg, VA. 

Tara Glennon '93BS/MC is a 
counselor at the Feminist Women's 
Health Center in Atlanta, GA. Tara 
spent the summer in Krakow, 
Poland at Jagiellonian University. 

Stephen"Goldberg'94BS/B is a 
manager trainee a the 84 Lumber in 
Newport News, \'A, where he lives. 

Amy Golightly-Michael 
'93MSW and her husband Kurt 
celebrated the birth of their son, 
Kauner Lewes Michael on October 
25, 1996. The familv lives in Logan, 
UT. 

*Nina Goodwyn-Batts 
'93BS/MC is a marketing adminis- 
trator for Urban Retail Properties 
Co. in Norfolk, VA. She hves in 
Hampton, VA. 



Michele Green '95MEd/E h a 

library media specialist with the 
Oow-Applcgatc-I/jrane School 
District #66, in Eugene, C)R, where 

she lives. 

Juan Carlos Gutierrez 
'94BS/MC graduated from the 
Miami Ad School in May '97. Juan 
was invited to display some of his 
student portfolio work at the One 
Club for Art & Copy in New York 
City, NY. 

Jean Hagan '95MS/H&S 
married Kristian Lcsheron 
November 16, 1996. Jean is a 
preschool teacher at Child 
Development (Center in Wyndham, 
VA. The couple lives in Richmond. 

John Harbour '94BS/H&S 
received his 'Wings of Gold', and 
was designated a U.S. Air Force 
navigator after completing the 23 
week Navigator Training Course 
with Training Squadron 10, Naval 
Air Station, Pensacola, FL. He is a 
second Lieutenant in the Air Force. 
He and his wife Kerry live in 
Pensacola, FL. 

Jamie Hay '95BFA earned a 
Master of Arts in teaching from 
East Tennessee State University'. 

Tracey Headley Black '94BSW 
and her husband Philip announce 
the birth of their son, Colton Fox 
Black on March 16, 1996. Tracey is 
attending Oakland University in 
Auburn Hills, MI. The family lives 
in Lake Orion, Ml. 

Marilyn HeckstaU '93BA/H&S 
earned a Master of Divinit}' degree 
from Union Theological Seminar,- 
in June 1997. While at Union, she 
was the president of the Black 
Caucus student organization, and 
served on a Student-ln-Ministn.' 
Internship at Metropolitan .African 
American Baptist Church in 
Richmond, where she lives. 

Steve Hedberg '92BFA is the 
co-owner, and creative director of 
Poeti, Arfi5t5 c'- Madmen Magazine. 
Steve lives in .Atlanta, GA. 

Misty Cox Henderson '95MS\V 
is an intake/probation officer with 
the Department of Juvenile Justice 
in Pulaski, \'A. She married Dale 
Henderson on May 24, 1997. They 
live in Radford, \'.A. 

'John Hendrix '96BS/H&S 
opened a Farmers Insurance Group 
office in Gloucester. He teaches 
fourth grade at the St. Therese 
Roman Cathohc Church's Sunday 
school. He also coaches soccer and 
teeball for Gloucester Department 
of Parks and Recreation. John, his 
wife Berni, their sons Matthew, and 
John, II, live in Gloucester, \'A. 



•LiM Hin« '95BS/MC hi- ry- r, 
promoted Km iccitunU rtanvaok- 
coordinator at Executrain New 
York, Inc. She livei in the Bronx, 
NY. 

Kelly Hofler '90BS/MC married 
William Wrighil on .\Iarch 15, 1997. 
Kelly is an insurance program 
supervisor for the state of Virginia. 
The couple lives in Richmond. 

Theresa Howard '93BS/H86 is 
a sales associate at The English 
Cottage. She married Jerry Guinn 
on October 5, 1996, and they live in 
Manassas, VA. 

•Jefferson Hudson •95BS/H86 
is client services manager at Retail 
Data Services, Inc. in Richmond. 
He lives in .Midlothian, \'.\. 

Martha Hufbnan '94BS/H86 
was promoted to accounts pa\-able 
and receivable clerk. Martha is 
enrolled at New River Community 
College, and she lives in Lexington, 
VA. 

•Jeffre> Humphries '95BS/E 
married 'Susan Maxwell '95BSW 
'97MSW on May 31, 1997. Jeffrey 
worki for Chesterfield Count)' 
Parks and Reaeation. The couple 
lives in Chester. \'.\. 

*Peggy Humphrey '96BA/H&S 
married Jeffre>' Matzen on Januarj' 
II, 1997. Pegg)' works as a legal 
secretan-. The couple lives in 
Richmond. 

Jennifer Hupp '94BS/MC has 
joined the Martin .Agenc)'. She 
works on the company's FMC 
account. She lives in Richmond. 

Melodee Hursey '%MS^V 
is a medical social worker with 
Traveling Home Care, Inc in 
Bluefield, \'A. She was eleaed to 
the Board of Direaors of the Brain 
Iniuiy Association of West Vii^ia. 
Melodee and her family Uve in 
Princeton, W\'. 

'Stephanie Jeffries '95BGS/ 
NTS married Irving Jones Jr. on 
February 15, 1997. Stephanie works 
for an investment firm. The couple 
lives in Hanover. \'.A. 

'Elizabeth (Pope) Jrviden 
'94BS/B \\as promoted to regional 
director at Retail Data SerNices. She 
received a MB.A degree from 
.Averett Coll-'ge in .August '97. 
Elizabeth i.id her husband -James 
Jivider 94BS/H&S li\-e in 
Rich- ;nd. 

Lori Johnson '93BS/E married 
^ liTuie Corps second lieutenant 
Carroll Coimelley on Februarv" 1, 
1997. The couple lives in San 
Clemente, CA. 

^Villiam Johnson '93BS/B is a 
corporate safen' omcer with 



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Cardinal Health System, Inc. He 
lives in Alexandria, IN. 

Michelle Jones '94BS/H&S 
married Daryl McMath on April 
1997. The couple lives in Newport 
News, VA. 

*Rendell Jones '94BS/B 
received a Master of Public 
Administration from North 
Carolina State University in May 
1996. He works for the U.S. 
Department of lustice in 
Washington, DC. 

KariKerner'94BS/MCwas 
promoted to assistant business 
manager-talent at The Martin 
Agency. She was budget control 
specialist on the Mercedes-Benz 
account. She lives in Richmond. 

Franswalla Kenion '96BS/MC 
married Derwin Hickman, Sr. on 
June 28, 1997. Franswalla works for 
Virginia First Savings Bank. The 
couple will live in Richmond. 

M. Ozair Khan '92MBA is a 
research analyst with I. Walter 
Thompson in New York City, 
where he lives. 

Lud Kimbrough '96MBA is 
corporate vice president of Alliance 
Argonomics, Inc. in Mechanicsville. 
He lives in Richmond. 

Michelle (Russey) Klndall 
'90BFA is associate art director for 
the Domain Group, an internation- 
al marketing advertising firm. She 
gave birth to her second child. Cole 



Michael Kindall, in August 1997. 
Michelle lives in Seattle, WA. 

Jeffrey "J.P." Klein '95MFA/A 
is the literacy manager at the Jewish 
Theatre of New York, in New York 
City, where he lives. 

William Klucker Jr. '90BS/B is 
the Virginia district sales manager 
for Eljer Industries. He lives in 
Midlothian, VA. 

Stephanie Kovach '93BS/H&S 
married lames McNamara on May 
24, 1997. The couple lives in Mount 
Pleasant, SC. 

Angela Kowitz '90BS/H&S 
earned a Master of Arts in teaching 
degree from Christopher Newport 
University in May 1997. She lives in 
Hampton, VA. 

Jay Langston '94MPA/H&S was 
named regional director of the 
Appomattox Basin Industrial 
Development Corporation 
(ABIDCO) in Petersburg. Jay lives 
in Amelia Courthouse, VA. 

*Marianne Lawrence '91BS/B 
is manager of the engineering and 
quality systems departments of 
Industrial Alloy Fabricators, Inc. 
She was selected as one of the 1998 
Top Ten Business Women if the 
Year by the America Business 
Women's Association. She was 
chosen from a field of 80,000 
working women for her career 
accomplishments, community 
involvement, and for inspiring and 



motivating other businesswomen. 
Marianne is pursuing a Master's 
degree in adult education at VCU. 
She lives in Mathews, VA. 

Christopher Layton '95MPA/ 
H&S married ■* Rebecca Nations 
'96BS/N on lune 7, 1997. Chris is a 
senior administrative analyst and 
legislative liaison for the City of 
Suffolk. Rebecca is a registered 
nurse for Columbia Henrico 
Doctors Hospital. The couple lives 
in Williamsburg, VA. 

Jennifer Ledbetter '94BA/H&S 
is teaching 10th and 1 1th grade 
English at Spotsylvania High School 
in Fredericksburg, where she lives. 

Eric Lewis '96BS/H&S is 
engaged to Nadia El-Najjar. Eric 
is a diplomatic security officer with 
the Department of State. He lives 
in Burke, VA. A June 1998 wedding 
is planned. 

JeffLodge'95MFA/Aisthe 
premiere author of the new White 
Pines Press Series — New American 
Voices. Lodge's novel. Where This 
Lake !s, tells of an American's 
search for solace in Guatemala. In 
this series. White Pine Press intends 
"to present first novels that not only 
entertain but also offer insight into 
our world and ourselves." 

Craig Lopez '9IBS/E married 
Terri Douglas on March 7, 1997. 
Craig is a teacher, and baseball 
coach at North Stafford High 




JETT STREAMER 

Chris FuUerton '91 BA/H8fS died in a car accident April 28, at 29. Chris was 
known to many of his college friends as "Jett Screamer," the nom d'air he 
used on radio WCVW and for playing with his band, "Dixie Pigs." 

Chris majored in history at VCU, earned his master's degree in Southern 
studies from the University of Mississippi in 1994, and returned to 
Richmond to work in historic preservation. Friends and coworkers respected 
his knowledge and his sense of humor. His brother Richard remembers, 
"Everyone knew Chris had all the facts down, but loved his occasional irrev- 
erence for those who took things a little too seriously. He wasn't above 
telling a fib like 'It's a documented fact that Robert E. Lee liked wearing 
women's clothes' — just to make his point." 

Chris worked at the Valentine Museum and the Museum of the 
Confederacy, and volunteered on the WCVE-TV series "Richmond Memories." He taught a short course on "Jim 
Crow Richmond" at VCU for two summers. He curated the exhibit, "Black Baseball in Virginia," which opened at 
the Virginia Historical Society in Fall, 1996.* 

Richard Fullerton comments that in his life and career, "Chris was always able to find a way to take a fantasy 
and work until it became reality. He was never afraid to pay the price to have his life the way he wanted it." 

One fantasy was fulfilled in September 1996 when he became executive director of Rickwood Field in 
Birmingham, Alabama, the nation's oldest surviving ballpark. Coke Matthews III, chairman of the Friends of 
Rickwood said, "Chris Fullerton brought to the project a contagious enthusiasm and passion for the history of 
baseball. He loved to refer to Rickwood as 'the mother church of baseball,' and he was certainly the preacher." 

Chris's funeral service ended with Richard leading friends and relations in a rousing chorus of "Take Me Out to 
the Ball Game." 

KELLY GOTSCHALK '913FA 

•FULLERTON'S BASEBALL SHOW IS AVAILABLE TO TRAVEL FROM THE VIRGINIA 
HISTORICAL SOCIETY 



School. The couple lives in Stafford, 
VA. 

*Cindy Lottes-Hutchinson 

'95BS/H&S is the director/owner of 
the Virginia School of Dental 
Assisting. In June 1997 she opened 
a branch campus in Roanoke, VA. 
Cindy was nominated as director at 
large/member of Virginia 
Association of Private Career 
Schools. She also received certifica- 
tions in dental assisting and in 
dental practice management. She 
lives in Midlothian, VA. 

■^Amy Luckeydoo '93BS/H&S 
'97MD was engaged to Robert 
Moats in May 1997. Amy was 
promoted to lieutenant in the U.S. 
Navy Reserves Medical Corps. She 
is a pediatric resident at St. Francis 
Medical Center in Peoria, IL. 

Vincent Mangini '95MURP/ 
H&S is an associate with the law 
offices of Michael A. Pane in 
Hightstown. Vincent earned his 
Juris Doctorate from the TC 
Williams School of Law at the 
University of Richmond. He lives in 
West Windsor Township, Nl. 

Katherine Marven '94MSW 
married Robert Moses on April 12, 
1997. Katherine works for Good 
Samaritan Hospice. The couple live 
in Roanoke, VA. 

Richard Matthews '95BGS/ 
NTS received his commission as 
a naval officer after completing 
Officer Candidate School in 
Pensacola, EL. His training 
program included navigation, ship 
handling, engineering, and naval 
warfare management. 

"James McBee Jr. '96MEd/E 
is a teacher of the handicapped at 
Washington Township High 
School, in Sewell, NJ, where he 
lives. 

*Challis McDonough '93BA/ 
H&S is pursuing a Master's degree 
in journalism and mass communi- 
cation from the University of North 
Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a 
reporter for WUNC-FM public 
radio. 

■^Edward McCormick '91BS/B 
worked as a project controller for 
the New York Stock Exchange. He 
is enrolled in Columbia University's 
MBA program. Ed lives in New 
York City'^ 

Nancy McMiUen-Hudak 
'90BS/E married Frank Hudak on 
April 12, 1997. Nancy is a science 
teacher. The couple lives in 
Melbourne, EL. 

James Michaels '94BS/B 
married Kelli Rogers on April 5, 
1997. James works for Pizza Hut, 



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Inc. The couple lives in (^(iluni.il 
Heights, VA. 

Christina Milanovich '96MSW, 
CSW married *R. Donald Doherty 
Jr. '97MDonMeiy3l, 1997. 
Christina is an administrative social 
worker for Paralyzed Veterans of 
America. Donald is a radiology 
resident at MCV Hospitals. They 
live in Richmond. 

Martin Miller III '92BS/MC 
and Susan Kraft '92BS/B were 
married on June 7, 1997. Martin is 
the director of operations for Metro 
Networks, Inc., in Indianapolis, 
where they live. .Susan was a buyer 
for Ukrops supermarkets. 

Marie Mitchell '90BGS/NTS 
is a group sales manager in the 
tourism department of the Greater 
Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce. 
She also is an independent meeting 
planner and trip director. Marie 
lives in Altavista, VA. 

Michael Moates '91BGS/NTS 
is an account executive with Sun 
Microsystems in Dallas. He lives in 
Flower Mound, TX. 

*Martha Mock '92MEd/E is a 
full time doctoral student at the 
University of Wisconsin- Madison. 
She is studying early childhood 
special education and teaching half 
time as an assistant in the ESE 
teacher training program at UW. 
She lives in Madison, WI. 

Elizabeth MoUerup '93BS/B is 
the development specialist for 
special events at the University of 
Texas-MD Anderson Cancer 
Center. She lives in League City, 
TX. 

Sharon Mooring '95BS/H&S 
married David Gregory on May 24, 
1997. Sharon works for Lab Corps 
Analytics. The couple lives in 
Richmond. 

♦Patrick Moriarty '90BA/H&S 
married Robin Gault in October 

1996. He has earned his PhD in 
International Relations from Rice 
Universit)', and is still playing 
soccer. He works at Emory 
University in Atlanta and lives in 
Decatur, GA. 

♦Keith Morse '90BS/H&S has 
been assigned to a conditions unit 
within the New York Cit)' Police 
Department. He lives in the Bronx, 
NY. 

*CunyMoUeyir93BS/B 
married Judith Witcher in April 

1997. Curry is a sales manager with 
Vector Security. The couple lives in 
Richmond. 

Lisa Myers '92BFA worked 
as a graphic artist for MART.\ 
(Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid 



Transit Authority), during the I99Ci 
Olympic Ciamcs. She is now an on- 
air graphic artist for (^NN. Li.sa's 
latest freelance illustrations have 
appeared in the 'IM^I'I journal, 
I'jiiory University publications and 
Aciuariui Magazine. She lives in 
Atlanta. 

Barton Nagle '94BA/H&S 
is a second lieutenant in the U.S. 
Marine Corps. He is on assignment 
with the First Radio Battalion in 
Kaneohe Bay, HI. Barton joined the 
Marine Corps in 1987. 

Ronald Niles '90BS/B is a chief 
warrant officer in the U.S. Army. 
He is stationed at Fort Campbell, 
KY. 

Merry Nuckols '93BFA married 
Gary Chenault Jr. on December 7, 
1996. Merry works at This End Up 
Furniture Company in Richmond. 
The couple lives in Mechanicsville, 
VA. 

Phaedra Oubre '95BS/H&S is 
transfer student coordinator in 
the registrar's office at Savannah 
College of Art and Design. She lives 
in Savannah, GA. 

♦Robert 0'Near9IMS/H&S 
was promoted to senior policy 
analyst for the Virginia Department 
of Motor Vehicles, in Richmond, 
where he lives. 

Tracy Pace '92BS/MC has left 
the Smithsonian Institution to serve 
with the Peace Corps. He will be in 
Benin, West Africa for two years. 



Stephanie Pawlich 'gSMT/E 

graduated from the Ojmmunica- 
tion Signals Collection and 
Processing Course at Naval 
Technical Training Center, Corry 
Station, Pensacola, FL. Stephanie 
joined the Army in September 
1996. 

Amy Philips '94MT/E married 
Michael Leonard on July 19, 1997. 
Amy teaches third grade at New 
Kent Elementary School. The 
couple lives in Mechanicsville, VA. 

Christina Pierce '96MSW is a 
renal social worker with Gambro 
Healthcare-Patient Services, in 
Henderson, NC. She and her 
daughter, Michelle, live in Kitrell, 
NC. 

♦Joanne Pizarro '94BA;H&S 
has written Coming Home, a 
collection of "recipes, traditions, 
and memories of an international 
community" in Fredericksburg, VA. 
She lives in Spotsylvania, VA. 

Leigh (Roberts) Primmer ? 
married Robert Primmer in April 
1993. She is a buyer specialist with 
the Virginia Department of 
Transportation. They live in 
Dinwiddle, VA. 

♦Lynette Purdy-Baker '95BS/ 
H&S '97BS/M-BHS graduated ft-om 
the MCV campus in May in nuclear 
medicine. She lives in Glen .\llen, 
VA. 



Samuel Ratnick '93BS/H&S iv 
director of wcurity and flttt wfety 
at Orroir* Fofjdt of Va,, Inc. He 

lives in .Midlothian, VA. 

Sheri Reynolds' '92.MfA/A 
third novel, A drtuwus Plenty, 
was released in Augiut 1997. Her 
second novel. The Kapiure of 
Canaan, was chosen for Oprah 
Winfre/s TV book club this spring. 
Sheri lives in .N'orfolk, VA. 

Melanie Richardson '9IBFA is 
an assistant profcssrjr of fashion 
design at Kent State University in 
Kent, OH. She earned her MFA in 
fashion design from the University 
of .North Texas in December 1995. 
She lives in Stow, OH. 

Eugene Rodgers '9 1 MS/B had 
his first book. Beyond the Barrier. 
The Story ofByrd's First Expedition 
toAntaraica re, issued in paperback 
in 1997. His second book Flying 
High: The Story of Boeing and the 
Rise of the Jetliner Industry was 
published by .Atlantic .MontWy 
Press in 1996. .More information 
at Eugene's website, http://our 
world.compuserve.com/horae 
pages/rodgersmail. He lives in 
.Midlothian, \'A. 

William Rogers '90BFA 
married Carla Sturzenbecher 
'90BS/.MC in Januarv- 1997. Bill 
is a freelance illustrator. Carla is 
an account manager with Cadmus 
O'Keefe .Marketing. They live in 
Glen .Allen, \'A. 



SKILL AND COMPASSION 

Tina Forkin '79BS(RC)AH '88MSW, a Richmond licensed clinical social worker, died 

July 26, 1997, after a four-\-ear battle with breast cancer. She was 48. 

Forkin was a therapist at Henrico Mental Health Senice, where she specialized in 
substance abuse addiction, until 1995. She was a founding partner of Hanover Green 
Counseling Ser\'ice in 1995. She was a faculr\' field liaison for student practice in the 
School of Social Work. The School's field ser\ice coordinator, Jackie Miller, said, "Tina 
Forkin was very enthusiastic about working with students in the field, and had hoped 
to return to that after her treatment. She also made a major contribution as a creative 
thinker dex'eloping new programs." 

With Dr. Steve Ecker, Forkin developed a pioneering tv-pe of relationship education 
for people with borderline personalir\- disorders. Her colleague Michael O'Connor, 
clinical director of Henrico Counn' .Mental Health Department, explained, "These are 

intense people \vho tend to be overreactive in relationships. This method gives them the tools to modulate their 

reactions and manage relationships better." Forkin taught the method to therapists across \"irginia, and "it makes 

an eft'ective, aftbrable treatment for a very difficult population." 

Forkin also specialized in therap\- with the elderly and those with multiple personalities. She also ran a 

Richmond cir\- agenc)- that helped fund emplo\Tnent for the mentally retarded. She was a member of the National 

Association of Social Workers, the X'irginia Breast Cancer Foimdation and the ciri''s qi gong program, which 

teaches an ancient Chinese stress-reduction method. 

O'Connor admired her skill and her compassion. "\ only hope I can face death with the dignity and nobility that 

she did," he said. 




SOME INFORMATION FROM AN OBITUAR> B> BETTY BOOKER IN 
DISPATCH. JULY 27. 1997 



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*Amy Ruth '92BA/H&S is the 
editor of TJie Goldfinch Magazine, 
which received multiple national 
honors in the 1997 Educational 
Press Association of America's 
Distinguished Achievement Awards 
Program. She lives in Richmond. 

Deborah Savitt '93BFA is a 
graphic designer with The Invisions 
Group in Bethesda, MD. She lives 
in Arlington, VA. 

Eddie Schudel '91BA/H&S is an 
admissions counselor at VCU. He 
lives in Richmond. 

*SheaaScott'92MSWisan 
area coordinator of residence life 
for James Madison University. She 
lives in Harrisonburg, VA. 

♦Michael Scourby '90MEd/E 
is a certified reading recovery 
teacher. He is vice president of the 
Anderson County Reading Council 
and teaches reading recovery and 
creative writing at Norwood 
Elementary School in Oliver 
Springs. He lives in Farragut, TN 

Jason Seamster '95BS/H&S is a 
poUce officer with the Chesterfield 
Police Department. He received an 
official commendation for appre- 
hending an armed robbery suspect 
in Chesterfield County. Jason lives 
in Blackstone, VA. 

Gerald Segal '95PhD/B is 
an assistant professor at Florida 
Gulf Coast University's College of 
Business, Fort Myers, FL. He lives 
in Naples, FL 

Renea Seldon '94BS/E married 
David Burkholder on September 
21, 1996. Renea is a recreation ther- 
apist with the City of Alexandria, 
VA, where the couple lives. 

*Joann Shaffer '95BS/B is the 
chief human resources officer with 
Blue Ridge Mountain Sports in 
Charlottesville, VA. She lives in 
Montpelier, VA. 

Andrew Shaw '92MBA is an 
account executive for Thurston 
Advertising. He lives in Richmond. 

Reuben Smith '95BFA and his 
wife Debra recently spent seven 
months on their sailboat in the 
Bahamas, working with a group 
caUed Maritime Ministries. They 
were building an Assembly of God 
church in the Family Islands, 300 
miles off Miami. Reuben and Debra 
live in Glen Allen, VA, and he is a 
Richmond freelance illustrator. 

Thomas Smith Jr. '94BS/B 
married Alison Benton 'v ' "^S/B on 
November 23, 1996. Thomas .^ an 
accounting manager at Supastrip, 
Inc in Ashland. Alison is a tax com- 
pliance specialist with Ernst & 



Young, LLP in Richmond. The 
couple lives in Glen Allen, VA. 

■^Kai Sommer '94BA/H&S is an 
airman in the U.S. Air Force. He 
graduated from basic military 
training at Lackland Air Force Base 
in San Antonio, TX. 

Sonja Souther '91BF/A is 
pursuing a master's degree at 
Old Dominion University. She 
lives in Virginia Beach, VA. 

Michael Stanley '97MPA/H&S 
is a work study coordinator at the 
VCU Financial Aid Office. He lives 
in Richmond. 

Joy Greene Stenner '95BA/H&S 
is a staff assistant in U.S. Senator 
Charles S. Robb's office. She lives in 
Fredericksburg, VA. 

Marsha (Butler) Stephens 
'92BS/MC married Donald 
Stephens, II on October 4, 1997. 
Marsha is in graduate school at the 
University of Richmond. She works 
at CarMax Auto Superstores as a 
training and performance specialist. 
She lives in Richmond. 

*G.E. Robertson Stiles '90BS/B 
has been promoted to manager - 
corporate resources for Thomas 
Rutherfoord, Inc. He lives in 
Ashland. 

Forrest "Cliip" Straley 
'93MFA/A is the house manager 
for TheatreVirginia. He is vice 
president of Kaleidoscope Theatre 
Co, where he directed Blithe Spirit 
in October 1996 and Oklahoma in 
April 1997. He lives in Richmond. 

Heather (Martin) Swift 
'90BS/E announces the birth of her 
daughter, Virginia Layton on June 
23, 1997. Heather is a media spe- 
cialist at Erwine Middle School in 
Akron, OH. She earned a Master's 
degree in 1993, from Kent State 
University with a K-12 library 
media certification. Heather was 
published in Net Lessons: Web-hased 
Projects For Your Classroom, by 
Laura Parker Roerden. She lives in 
Hudson, OH. 

Patricia Taylor Hughes '91BFA 
was promoted to an associate 
position at Hummel Associates, a 
Richmond interior design and 
space planning company. Patricia 
lives in Richmond. 

♦Kenneth Thomas '91BS/B is 
chief administrative officer at Scott 
Stringfellow, Inc, in Richmond, 
where he lives. 

Nichelle Thomas '94BSW 
is a residential counselor with 
Richmond Residential Services, 
inc. She lives in Richmond. 

Brian Thomasson '94BA/H&S 
graduated from the University of 



Dayton School of Law in Dayton, 
OH. Brian works for the law firm of 
Dyer, Garofalo, Mann & Schultz in 
Dayton, where he lives. 

Daniel Thompson '96BFA 
married Martha Kvasnicka on 
August 9, 1997. Daniel works at On 
Display Wood Design. The couple 
lives in Colonial Heights, VA. 

Dennie Thompson '92BS/H&S 
married Wanda Martin on 
September 13, 1997. Dennie is a 
chemist with PrUlaman Chemical. 
They live in Spencer, VA. 

John Trammell '92MEd/E 
teaches at Liberty Middle School in 
Hanover County. He has published 
some of his writing on the internet 
at http://www.hardshell.com. He 
lives in Bumpass, VA 

G. Thomas Turman Jr. 
'95PhD/B had a visiting professor- 
ship at Old Dominion University 
after graduation. He has accepted a 
tenure track position as assistant 
professor of accounting at Marshall 
University. 

Reginald Underwood '93MT/E 
is assistant principal at Caroline 
High School, where he is also the 
head basketball coach. 

♦Wendy Vick '95BA/H&S is in 
law school at St. Mary's School of 
Law in San Antonio, TX. She was a 
participant in the NAPIL/VISTA 
Summer Legal Corps, which is part 
of Americorps program. Wendy 
worked with Hospice Care Inc., 
in Fredericksburg, VA. The 
position was one of sixty selected 
nationwide, and it also came with 
a scholarship. She lives in San 
Antonio, TX. 

♦Dave Vladimirou '92BS/H&S 
is marketing representative for 
ICMA Retirement Corporation; 
which provides retirement plans for 
public sector employees. He lives in 
Tempe, AZ. 

James Walker '96BS/MC and 
Jennifer Chenault '96BS/H&S were 
married on May 3 1 , 1 997. James 
works for Business Equipment 
Center, and Jennifer works for the 
Sleep Disorders Center of Virginia. 
The couple lives in Bon Air, VA. 

DavidWei'96MS/Enisa 
programmer for Oncogene Science 
in Uniondale, Long Island. He lives 
in East Meadow, NY. 

Steven WeUs '92BA/H&S is 
manager of computer operations 
at the Center for Strategic and 
International Studies in Washing- 
ton, DC. He lives in Olney, MD. 

Jodi West '92BA/H&S married 
Scott White on May 31, 1997. The 
couple lives in St. Louis, MO. 



♦Rebecca Weybright '92MEd/E 

is the director of the Charlottesville 
Free Clinic. She lives in Charlottes- 
ville, VA. 

Ann Whitlock •92MEd/E is a 
teacher at Amelia Academy. She 
teaches Spanish, English and 
History. Ann lives in Midlothian 

Johnny Wilkinson '90BS/B is 
the Director of Strategic Planning 
for Micro Warehouse, a computer 
reseller based in Norwalk, CT, 
where he lives. 

Pofina WiUiams '96BFA joined 
the faculty of the Chesterfield 
School of Ballet for the 1997-98 
season, as a tap, jazz and modern 
dance teacher. She lives in Glen 
Allen, VA. 

Regina (White) Williams 
'90MEd/E and her husband 
Richard WiUiams '91MD have 
moved back to Richmond from 
Cincinnati, OH where Chuck 
completed a fellowship in pediatric 
cardiology. Their son, Jonathan, is 
three years old. 

♦Lesley Willis '97BS/B is an 
accountant in the Richmond office 
of public accounting firm Coopers 
& Lybrand, LLP. She lives in 
Richmond. 

Richard Wilson and ♦Christie 
Thomas both '95BS/H&S married 
on April 12, 1997. Richard is a 
police officer in Prince George 
County. Christie is a dispute repre- 
sentative at Capital One. They live 
in Prince George, VA. 

Stephanie Wise '91MEd/E was 
chosen as Teacher of the Year by 
the faculty and staff at Pearson's 
Corner Elementary School for the 
1996-1997 school year. She has 
served as a counselor there for five 
years. She lives in Richmond. 

♦Tracie Yates '92BS/E '94MT/E 
married Leonard Short Jr. on April 
5. 1997. Tracie is a teacher at 
Thornburg Middle School. The 
couple lives in Spotsylvania, VA. 

Eric Culver, Ehren 
Fickenchere, Steve Fife, Treasure 
Frey, Alycia Gollub, Spencer 
McIGnster, Laughton Nuckols, 
Diana Onet, Rachel Quintilone, 
James Rouse, Rob Sheley, Boris 
Tchourachev, Jennifer Thomas, 
Dawn Varner, Daniel Vecchione 
and Joey Wilson, all '97 BFA, had 
ilUustrations this spring in the short 
story anthology,T/!e Cresent Review, 
vol. 15, no. 1. They were students in 
Robert Meganck's illustration class. 



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Key To Abbreviations 

Alumni iirc idcnlifiai hy ycjr 
dcyroc/schooi 

Schools 
A Arls 
AH Allied I Ic.illh I'ldlessions 

(RC;) Ikhabilitalion Counseling 
B Business 
D Dentistry 
E education 
En Kngineering 
H&S Humanities and Sciences 
M-BH Medicine-Dasic Health Sciences 
MC Mass (jimnumications 
N Nursing 
NTS Nonlradilional Studies/ 

University Outreach 
P Pharmacy 
SW Social Work 

Degrees 

AS Associate's Degree 

C Certificate 

BGS Bachelor of General Studies 

BFA, MFA Bachelor, Master of Fine Art 

BSW.MSW Bachelor, Master of Social 

Work 
BM, MM, MME Bachelor, Master of 

Music, Master of Music Education 
M, DPA Master, Doctor of Public 

Administration 
MAE Master of Art Education 
MBA Master of Business 

Administration 
MD Doctor of Medicine 
MEd Master of Education 
MIS Master of Interdisciplinary Studies 
MFA, DPA Master, Doctor of Public 

Administration 
TE Five-year Teacher Education 

program includes a BA or BS/H&S 

and MEd/E. 
MURP Master of Urban and Regional 

Planning 
PhD Doctor of Philosophy 




The Way We Are 

Lewis Ginter's triple-iiormereil stable was 
converted with a $10,000 gift from dapper 
portraitist Col. Abraham Archibald 
Anderson and $24,000 from Richmond 
citizens. The first Anderson Caller)' of Art 
(Anderson's sketch, p. 2) opened in 1931 
in the second floor hayhft, with a lihrar\' 
downstairs. As RPI's librar)' expanded, 
the building was gradually hooked up and 
boxed in, with a third floor added in 1939 
and a fourth in 1947. W^en lames 
Branch Cabell Library opened in 1970, 
the Anderson Building became once again 
the Anderson Gallery. 




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A Founders Day theme was ' 
of the fi-itiire a solid reality ] 
and for their voider comniii 
Stars at a cocktail bui 

VCU Tiling 



fidows to the Past, Views to the Future/' Our visionar>' stars have made their ideas 

-for students, facultA' and fellow alumni of Virginia Commonweakh University, 
lies around the countiy and around the world. The university congiatulated our 
iNovember 7 at the new iMedical Sciences Building. A slide and light show, 
nmes," recapped VCU's liistory and led part>'goers into our future. 



Ali.m h H.E.\i I II Professions 
Richard Rraiis •64MHA 

^ospi^j^nd Heiiltb Administration 
Retirfl^Sp of Chippenham HospiLiJ. 
Fo^^^^^e chair of HCA's Richmcj|i<I 
division. I^rofessor and ExecLiti\e In 
Resident c with the Department of Health 
ijAcfe^iscration. 



Teresita Fernandez ■92MFA 

Sciiiptiire 

Sculptor who has exhibited in some nt iIil- 
most prestigioLKVgalleries and musennis m 
the U.S. anti luts received numerous grants 
ibips. 



Basii Health Scien'Ce 

Linda Watkins 'SlPhD 'SSFeUow 

/ V) ] siology and Biophysii ^ 

Vs.sociate Professor at tlif Tniversity of 

Colorado at Bouider 




B E J s r N if s s 

Carol A. McCoy '79C 

Accoutitifig 

Parmer wall KPMG Peat Maiwick LLP \ ^ i\ 
active v, 11 h the Schoul of Ikisiness Alumni 
Division and the Honors l ngram 

1)1 \ri.sTRV 

Jeffrey Levin '68DD| 

Member of the Bo iid of Tnistees of the 
MCV Foundation \.dvisor)' lio ird of the 
Massey Cancer Ct ater Ad\ isoi-\ Board of 
the MCV School ot Denn'^ll\ idjunct 
faculty of the Dental Sch' ' ^l ("ampaign 
Ciialr of the Oral Molecul 11 liiology 
Research Center 



Education 

Ed Barber '89MEd 

Administration am/ Supervision 
Member of Board of Supep.is6rs for 
Chesterfield County, Midli'thian District. 
Teacher with Chesterfield County Public 
Schools since 1982. 



Humanities anij Sciences . 
Sheryl Baldwin '7568 '79PhD 

Cbemishy 

Manager of Bu.siness Development for 
Indu.str^' Relations with the American 
Chemical Society in NX'ashinyton, D.C. 
Holds eight U.S, patents, comprising more 
than DA-eaty inventions disclosures, as well 
as foreign patents. 

M E IJH c I N E 

0r. Catherine Casey '74MD 

Pediatrician in private practice. Former 
president, t'ice president, secretan- -treasurer 
of tlie Virginia Board of Medicine. Member 
of the Dean's Medical Advison- Council- 
MCV. Extensive volunteer work on behalf 
of tiie School of Medicine. 

N I K s I N G 

Marilyn Tavenner '83BS/N '89MHA 
President, Columbia Healthcare's Richmond 
Di\ ision, which includes six hospitals. 

p*HARMACY 

^)r £ugenio Cefali 87PhD-DPHA 

\ ice President of Clinical Pharmacy at KOS 
Pharmaceuticals. Evakiaies new drug ideas 
and manages the project teams for new 
drug projects. Has helped develop drugs for 
Parkinson's disease and hyperlipideniia, 
including NiaspLm.. 

Social Work 

R. Roese Harris LCSW '66BSW ^SMSW 

Cliniial Social Worker in private practice. 
Provirles consultation, training services and 
outpaUent treatment services to adolescents 
and adults in individual, family, marital and 
group psychotherapy. Provides organiza- 
tional ./onsultation, particularly in the areas 
of effei tive communication, stress 
management, self care, motivational 
training, adjustment to downsizing and 
spiritual development. 

NONTRADlTfONAL SxiiDIES 

Susan Brandt '87BGS 

European Studies 

Newsletter Editor, Women in Film. 

Public Information Specialist, LTniversity of 

Washington. Director of Programming 

and Publicity, U^nrv at University of 

Washington. 



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